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February 1, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Thieves take huge propeller meant for park

Philip Thiel with the propeller (courtesy of the Parks Department)

A 70-inch stainless steel propeller meant to be installed in a park along the Seattle ship canal was stolen Tuesday.

The University District Community Council and Philip Thiel, a naval architect and University of Washington professor emeritus, were preparing to donate the propeller to North Passage Point Park located at  600 NE Northlake Way.

The Seattle Parks Department said that thieves drove up an alley in the University District, climbed a retaining wall and a fence, and hoisted the propeller onto a truck. Parks spokeswoman Dewey Potter estimated that the propeller weighed more than 1,200 pounds.

The Parks Department is asking for anyone with knowledge of the propeller to call Seattle Police at 206-684-5011 or the Parks Department at 206-684-7241.

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