Missing Coltsville Plaque Found Chopped Into Bits

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Last month the bronze crest that normally resides on the Samuel Colt monument was pried off and stolen by vandals. Since then James L. Griffin, director of the Sam and Elizabeth Colt Industrial and Frontier Heritage Center in Hartford, has located the missing tribute to one of the most influential men in American firearms history.

Mr. Griffin began visiting metal recyclers after an interview with a television reporter about the theft; something must have been said that made Mr. Griffin believe the bronze crest hadn’t gone far. After visiting a couple of recyclers, he showed the staff at Hartford Metal Solutions a photo of the crest that they identified as some scrap that had come in for recycling. The metal recycler happens to be within sight of the iconic blue dome of the former Colt factory making the circumstances even more strange.

Once the worker identified the crest, they retrieved the bronze plaque; only it had been chopped into more than two dozen pieces for shipping. The recyclers said the plaque had no mention of the Colt name on it and had no idea of its significance. Now that the crest has been found, Mr. Griffin has plans to repair the fixture and place it back on the monument as soon as possible.

You can read more and watch the news story about the destruction of the memorial plaque on the Hartford Courant’s website HERE.



Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and works in the shooting sports industry. He is an avid recreational shooter and a verified gun nerd. With a lifelong passion for shooting, he has a love for all types of firearms, especially handguns and the AR-15 platform. Patrick may be contacted at tfbpatrick@gmail.com.

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  • Anonymoose

    I bet it was those darn Glock kids!

    • Gary Kirk

      Nah, they’d have just spray painted it FDE

    • Uniform223

      I bet it was one of those damn anti gun liberal P-bags

  • Don Ward

    Meth is a helluva drug.

    • Billy Jack

      Heroine (and opiates) is too, and possibly more likely considering it was Hartford.

      • Don Ward

        Ah. See, that’s not my hood. Good catch.

  • datimes

    I would have been nice to have printed an image of the intact crest. I can’t visualize its form from the puzzle displayed.

  • Pete Sheppard

    Nothing like peaceful, understanding, tolerant leftists…and they wonder why we are worried about them.:/

    • m-dasher

      honestly, it was probably some junkie looking for crack money……i really doubt politics played much of a role here.

      • Pete Sheppard

        Maybe, but that seems like a lot of work for a few bucks. Given the way other activists have targeted public displays, an ideological motivation should be a strong consideration.

        • TheNotoriousIUD

          Have you ever met a junkie? Theyd pry the fillings out of a gerbil.

          • Pete Sheppard

            True, if there’s nothing easier. That has to be a hellish life; if you work with addicts, I salute you. 🙂

        • M-dasher

          honestly, the only thing that makes me believe it was someone motivated by money is the fact that they scrapped it…….

          if it was political, chances are they would have just chucked it in the river or somewhere in the woods……no use risk getting caught over $4 in scrap weight.

          a junkie or a scrapper likely just tossed it in with the other scrap theyve stolen………ide bet good money there are other monuments with their plaques stolen in the area

      • A.WChuck

        I lived in CT for 20 years, it is more likely a deliberate act. Besides, not many junkies have cutting torches.

        • Anomanom

          Probably not junkies, probably metal thieves, given they cut it up and took it to a recycling center, presumably to get paid for it. There’s a lot of that these days, especially for copper.

          • Billy Jack

            Addicts have been stealing metal for 25 years at least. When I lived in NY crackheads stole all the aluminum holding a hundred mailboxes to the wall. All in less than a hour in the middle of the night. Necessity is the dope fiend mother of invention.

          • Sulaco5

            Ya the meth heads have been known to strip all the wiring out of houses under construction in one night up here.

          • Billy Jack

            I remember people selling houses having to pay people to watch them because they’d strip out the plumbing but wiring? That’s a new one on me. I moved far away. Now I see people stealing AC units from homes and churches on the news. In the past few years I saw some addicts in Texas stole an old woman’s AC and she was hurt or was going to die if people hadn’t noticed or some such thing. Crazy. Once saw a big guy with dreads and a sledgehammer at 3am in NYC trying to take a payphone.

          • SlowJoeCrow

            The word junkie, comes from drug addicts selling scrap metal to feed their habit. Stealing metal instead of scrounging it is just an obvious progression. They also don’t care what they steal, several years ago a group of druggies stole several bronze statues and cut them up to sell as scrap.

          • Billy Jack

            So obvious now that you’ve said it. Never occurred to me. I like etymology so many thanks for pointing that out

        • PeterK

          The scrap yard cut it up for shipping I think. That’s how the article made it sound. The junkie (or whoever) just had to pry it off and walk it to the recycling shop.

  • DIR911911 .

    I know in most places they require ID to scrap metal from all the thieves running around, so hopefully they’ll bust the dirtbag.

    • Tim Pearce

      Yeah, but chances are, it’ll be some minor charge like non-felony theft. They’ll get a slap on the wrist and get back to stealing things. ‘Cause, ya know, they’re not bad kids, they’re just misunderstood. Boys will be boys. 😛

    • Hell, they took my license Id number and license plate number when I sold a scrapyard an alu wheel I had ruined…

  • BrandonAKsALot

    This is just sad.

  • Disarmed in CA

    Metal thieves should have all of their teeth removed and fed nothing but salty hard pretzels

    • Billy Jack

      Most are 3/4 of the way there already with the teeth. Giving them pretzels would just keep them alive. Don’t feed the animals sir.

  • Ned Weatherby

    Effing tweakers. Much better when they steal copper wire from live power stations….

    • Billy Jack

      They steal manhole covers and even entire street lights. It’s like the guys in China skimming grease in the sewers and reselling it to restaurants.

    • Z

      I was reading the crime watch section of the newspaper and one of the entries was about police responding to reports of a man on fire at a power substation at 2 a.m.

  • iksnilol

    “didn’t know what it was”

    Yeah, right. I mean, the plaque is kinda obvious I presume there’s text and markings on it.

  • gunsandrockets

    The recycling industry, typically expanded thanks to government subsidizes, provides economic incentive for much theft around the nation. And not just theft of things like monument plaques or private property either. Public lights, phone lines, water lines, and power lines are also targeted.

  • jay

    Bet there should be a record as to who turned it in for recycling. I wonder if it was an anti gunner, or someone stole it, to recycle it. Either way, glad it’s coming back.

  • Hangin’s too good for them as destroy History.