Monday, June 9, 2008

Prop Thieves

Is nothing sacred?

A pair of spare propellers for the royal yacht Britannia was stolen from a warehouse in England. According to published reports, the seven-foot-diameter props were somehow hoisted and removed from the building at the Leith Docks, where Britannia is berthed, last Monday, June 2.

How the heck anyone was able to sneak in unnoticed with heavy-duty lifting equipment and trucks is the pressing question. As to what the thieves would do with such a load, some news reports have speculated the props, which are estimated to be worth about $14,000 each, will be sold on the black market, where there's high demand for some metals.

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