A San Francisco supervisor is calling for the return of a bronze Harvey Milk memorial plaque that was stolen from a wall at the Castro Muni plaza.
Scott Wiener, the elected representative of the neighborhood, said he filed a police report after being notified that the plaque was missing on Saturday.
The bolted-in Milk plaque was installed before the plaza itself was created in either 1983 or 1984, Wiener said, citing information he learned from the San Francisco Department of Public Works. The plaque includes a picture of the assassinated San Francisco supervisor, along with biographical information.
Wiener said he isn’t sure if the theft was a hate crime. It is possible the thief or thieves wanted cash for the metal, he said. The metal fetches about $9 per pound, dealers say.
“The plaque was bolted into the cement,” the supervisor said. “This was not an easy thing to steal.”
The supervisor says the thieves can return the plaque with “no questions asked.”
In Novato, police say a 700-pound bronze pelican sculpture was stolen from a park, possibly for the value of the metal.
Last year, a century-old church bell weighing hundreds of pounds was lifted from a place of worship in San Francisco’s Oceanside neighborhood.