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Found! 1,260 pound propeller was stolen from Seattle professor’s yard

Professor Thiel and the propeller that has been stolen.
Seattle Parks
Professor Thiel and the propeller that has been stolen.

Thieves dove up an alley in the University District Tuesday morning and somehow managed to lift a 70-inch, 1,260-pound stainless steel propeller over a retaining wall and fence and make off with it.

Update: Seattle Parks has possession of the propeller that was stolen earlier this week from the University District. After discovering the stolen propeller at the Northwest Corporate Park in Kent, a security guard contacted the Kent Police Department.

Philip Thiel, a naval architect and Professor Emeritus of Architecture and Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington, and the University District Community Council were preparing the propeller for installation in a north end park.

The parks department reported there were no witnesses. Neighbors heard a commotion and called the police, but the thieves were long gone. The department asked for the public's help in locating the propeller.