Pranksters take Westminster bronze plaques

Sunday, April 24, 2011 10:55 PM
Last updated Monday, April 25, 2011 2:24 PM
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Suspected high school senior pranksters stole two bronze signs totaling $3,000 from Westminster Schools of Augusta, the school's maintenance supervisor told police.

A 2-foot-by-2-foot bronze plaque was located on the west side of the school's entrance, and another 4-foot-by-1-foot sign was located on the Wheeler Road entrance to the school, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Maintenance Supervisor James Newbrey noticed the first plaque missing Tuesday but suspected it was a senior prank and did not file a police report, he told police Saturday.

A deputy at the scene did not find any evidence tht would lead to the suspects, but Newbrey said he does wish to prosecute.

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Dixieman
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Dixieman 04/25/11 - 06:39 am
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At least they were recovered!

At least they were recovered!

Einstein
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Einstein 04/25/11 - 06:53 am
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Okay.... He didn't want to

Okay.... He didn't want to file a police report, but he wants to press charges? Doesn't seem to make a lit of sense.

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Chillen 04/25/11 - 10:18 am
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This doesn't seem like very

This doesn't seem like very big news. Sounds like Westminster wanted some free press.

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gargoyle 04/25/11 - 10:51 am
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It sounds like he got his

It sounds like he got his fingers slapped for not reporting it to begin with.

marie21
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marie21 04/25/11 - 09:55 pm
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The report is all wrong.

The report is all wrong. They were not recovered. It was not a Westminster senior prank thing. They were stolen. Why didn't the reporter bother to contact the school for information instead of just reading the incident report.

Einstein
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Einstein 04/25/11 - 10:56 pm
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Scrap metal.... Getting

Scrap metal.... Getting stolen everywhere it isn't nailed down, and even a few places where it is, like Westminster.

Einstein
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Einstein 04/26/11 - 07:42 am
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This headline is REALLY

This headline is REALLY misleading! The term, "prankster" tends to understate this outright theft and makes it all sound so innocuous.

Einstein
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Einstein 04/26/11 - 04:55 pm
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You call them, "pranksters,"

You call them, "pranksters," but channel 12 News calls them, "thieves."

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traciebone 05/01/11 - 01:14 am
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This report is ALL wrong..

This report is ALL wrong.. The reporter got hold of the police report and twisted the words around. They do not believe it was a prank but rather metal thief. Westminster has asked the reporter to go back and rewrite the story with correct information but she will not do so. Here is a letter from the Westminster Headmaster explaining everything.

A Note from Steve O'Neil

Westminster Parents,
You may have seen a news item regarding the recent signage theft at
Westminster. Of course, we are sad that the school has been robbed
of some bronze plaques that were gifts from graduating classes and a
memorial gift to the school. The news has reported some
misinformation so I want to take the opportunity to give you the
facts that we have at this time.
On Monday, April 18, representatives from Westminster Schools of
Augusta noticed some of the signage at the entrance to the school was
missing. Additional signage was reported missing on Saturday, April
23 to the Richmond County Police Department and a third incident of
theft was noted on Monday, April 25. At present, a bronze plaque on
one of the pillars that marks the gated entrance to the school and
the two plaques comprising the entire school sign on the west side of
the school’s Wheeler Road entrance have been stolen. None of
the missing plaques have been recovered.
As a precautionary measure, we have removed the rest of the bronze
signage at the entrance. Though there are many possibilities of why
this is occurring, the school suspects it is the victim of metal
theft.
At the time the news published the information, they had not spoken
with any representatives from our school. Instead, they pulled
information from a police report. We have requested a copy of the
police report in an effort to correct any incorrect information that
was included on it. Contrary to what was indicated in the article,
we do not have any suspects and do not suspect it was a prank. Though
we have not discussed the possibility of pressing charges when the
thieves are found, we intend to cooperate fully with the police as
they investigate this matter.
If you have any information that would be helpful in the
investigation, please contact Director of Facilities and Grounds Eric
Newbrey [2].

Steve O'Neil
Headmaster

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