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Authorities investigate theft of Kootenai County metal emblems

Tue., Oct. 29, 2013, 9:05 p.m.

Nine metal emblems representing military branches and colleges have been pried off monuments in Kootenai County in the past two weeks.

In the latest theft, two University of Idaho emblems and two Lewis-Clark State College emblems were stolen from new signs at the entrances to Coeur d’Alene’s higher education campus along Northwest Boulevard.

They went missing last Thursday night or Friday morning, and replacing the emblems could cost around $3,900, according to North Idaho College.

Pat Murray, campus security supervisor at NIC, said he isn’t sure why anyone would steal the painted emblems, adding they have little value as scrap metal. “For where these are located and what they are, it seems an awful lot of risk for minimal reward,” Murray said.

In Post Falls, five plaques depicting each military branch were removed from a memorial at Q’emiln Park in Post Falls between Oct. 18 and 21. The plaques, installed by the Post Falls Lions Club in 2001, are valued at $275 to $700 each.

Donors have put up a reward of $1,500 for information leading to a conviction in the Post Falls theft.

“Are we dealing with juveniles here, are we dealing with an adult that just wanted these for his wall? Our best bet right now is just getting out to the public that we’re still looking for this stuff and we’re just not going to give up until we get some leads on it,” said Post Falls Police Capt. Greg McLean.

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