WHAT: Less than two weeks after being allowed to remain on Mojave Desert federal land through a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, a 7-foot-tall cross honoring Americans who died in war was stolen by unknown thieves.
HOW AND WHY: The thieves cut the metal bolts attaching the religious symbol to a rock. Their possible motives could range from reselling scrap metal to objections about the cross being there.
WHAT’S BEING DONE: The U.S. Justice Department is investigating the theft. Veterans groups are offering a $25,000 reward and have pledged to build a new cross at the site. Longtime caretakers Henry and Wanda Sandoz are ready to put up a temporary cross immediately.