Placerville's Hangman Stolen, then found within minute of police alert
At 2:51 PM, Thursday November 28, 2013, Placerville police issued this alert:
Advisory: Placerville's Historic Hangman's Dummy Stolen. The Police Department is seeking any information regarding it's theft.
It is suspected that during the early morning hours of Thanksgiving Day, the Hangman's Dummy was stolen from 305 Main Street Placerville.
This iconic symbol of our town and its' relevance has been a topic of conversation and debate for many years. What is known at this time is its' theft is a crime being investigated by the Placerville Police Department.
Anyone with information on its' whereabouts, or who may have stolen the dummy are encouraged to contact us at (530) 642 5280
Information may be left Anonymously.
But in just a few minutes the police issed this follow-up notice:
At 3:16 PM Thursday November 28, 2013 via Placerville Police Department
Advisory: Placerville's Historic Hangman's Dummy Stolen. NOW RECOVERED. Thanks to Nixle and an informed citizen.
The Hangman's Dummy has been located. The Nixle Advisory was received and an alert citizen called the Police Department almost immediately. (Thank You) Despite it's recovery, the Placerville Police Department is still seeking information on the person(s) who took the dummy and left it in another location. (530) 642-5280
Again, information can be left anonymously.
PLACERVILLE (CBS13) — Placerville’s hangtown dummy slipped his noose for a few hours and ended up at a nearby bar, and police are wondering who helped him escape.
Police say he was stolen late Wednesday night as the Liar’s Bench Bar next door closed. People at the bar say he was later found lying in front of city hall.
By the next morning, the dummy some call Willie had made his way to the Liar’s Bench.
“They had him standing over there with his hand on the counter, looking out the window so he had a view of Main Street,” said bar patron Dave Hasal
It’s not the first time Willie’s gone AWOL. He’s been stolen several times in recent years.
People at the Liar’s Bench aren’t sure why he was taken this time, or how he ended up there, but they’re relieved he’s back.
“He’s just a dummy, but we still talk about him and love him like one of us,” said another patron.
The renovation company working on the building where Willie normally hangs out believe the scaffolding they have up is making it easier to steal him, so for now, his neck gets a break.
See video report here: http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2013/11/28/placervilles-hangtown-willie-s...