THIEVES LIKELY HAD INDENTURED HELP IN STEALING SWORD FROM LINCOLN TOMB
November 14 2011
Springfield, IL – In desperate times people do desperate things. People do desperate things in ordinary times as well, but with increased desperation comes increased activity, oftentimes much riskier actions than one would normally undertake.
That is perhaps no more evident than the recent discovery of the theft of a 3-foot copper sword from on top of the tomb of Abraham Lincoln. The bold and risky theft underlines perhaps better than anything else the level of desperation some people have reached in the country, and the lengths to which they will go to get out from under economic trouble.
Already officials at the tomb have started to develop a picture of the people possibly involved in the theft, with a handful of people more than likely responsible for the theft. Because of the height of the statue on which the sword was stored investigators believe it likely that at least a handful of the participants were stuck at the bottom, less regarded than those at the top, likely received a smaller share, and likely will be more willing to talk about the incident.
“We just cannot imagine why someone would even think about doing it, let alone climb up the steps and actually do it,” said an official for the tomb. “We believe it likely that at least some of the people involved would be willing to talk, especially if they are
poorly regarded second class citizens. Those are the people most likely to turn.”
Officials believe the sword was stolen sometime between September and November, by some group of people, for some reason known only to them.
It’s not exactly clear where a person would fence a three foot copper sword from the tomb of one of the great American Presidents.
“This is a pretty bold theft and I can’t imagine the kind of chutzpah it would take to actually pull something like this off. Of course, given the kind of lax response from the people responsible for the sword, it may not have been all that difficult,” said Scrape TV Crime analyst Willard Weston. “I would bet, given the boldness of the operation, that the people doing the theft were not the brains behind it. They were likely forced to actually go to the tomb and steal the sword, likely in return for some small payment or perhaps scraps of food. These don’t sound like masterminds to me, honestly.”
The thieves were likely given little or no choice about stealing the sword.
“These are just the times we live in and people are going to have to adjust. It will take bold men with a bold vision o get us through these times where sword stealing is commonplace and men are forced to do the bidding of other men. It remains to be seen if those times are upon us yet,” continued Weston. “I doubt very much that this sword will ever be recovered. I would guess that the people involved have already gone underground and we will likely never see them again, unless of course they try to sell the sword. They are criminals after all, not the brightest bunch generally.”
It’s unlikely, if they are caught, that the thieves will ever be let go.
Mike Michaels, American Correspondent