Southport Police in search of museum thieves caught on video
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SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) -- The NC Maritime Museum in Southport was robbed and the thieves are caught on video. Two 30-inch bronze, historic propellers were stolen Monday around 9:30 p.m.

“We were getting ready to mount them even though they're very heavy,” said Walter Madsen with the Maritime Museum. “They were being cleaned up and everything. We were't thinking anyone would take them.”

Southport Police Chief Jerry Dove says the three men are white males in their 20s or 30s.

“They're probably stealing them for the monetary value of the metal,” said Dove.

Madsen says the two propellers are worth approximately $3,000.

“The two heavy ones probably weigh two to three hundred pounds or so,” said Madsen.

Both propellers came from the Cape Fear River Ferry dated back to the 1920s or 1930s.

“It's part of history,” said Madsen. “You hate to lose any part of history.”

Anyone with information on the stolen propellers is encouraged to contact the Southport Police Department at 457-7917. There is currently a $500 dollar reward for any information leading to arrests of the thieves.

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Is this the best shot there is of the perps? How about you run a larger photo that maybe shows the faces better? These guys need to do some time.

It's too much to hope that the thieves will be punished with anything more than probation.

My friend works for a cellular company and he told me that last year, they paid almost three-million dollars to replace stolen copper at cellsites and in storage yards across the country. He said that the cellsites are the worst because they steal $20 worth of copper but the company has to pay 100s or 1000s in labor to replace it.

As he says you know who's paying that bill, you.