An exhibit panel valued at $9,000 has been stolen from the Volunteer Park water tower.
Parks employees discovered the theft Tuesday, June 23, according to a Seattle Police Department report. The panel was part of an interpretive exhibit about Seattle’s Olmsted parks installed on the walls of the tower’s upper level.
According to the SPD report, the parks employee said the panel was ripped from the brick wall of the tower sometime between Tuesday and Wednesday night, June 24th. There were no signs of forced entry reported at the scene meaning the thief or thieves likely removed the 3-foot by 4-foot metal panel while it was light out and the park was still busy with people. The tower is open to the public between the hours of 9 AM and 9 PM.
The investigating officer attempted to collect fingerprints at the tower but was unsuccessful. You can review the officer’s report on the theft below: