Masonic Temple in Highland seeks return of stolen symbol

2013-01-18T19:30:00Z 2013-01-18T23:54:05Z Masonic Temple in Highland seeks return of stolen symbolCharles F. Haber Times Correspondent
January 18, 2013 7:30 pm  • 

HIGHLAND | The Masonic Temple is asking for anyone with knowledge of the recent theft of its symbol to contact police.

A square and compass made of solid stainless steel were taken from the side of the building, 2234 Martha St., on Jan. 2, a police report said.

"(It) is the symbol by which we are recognized in the public," lodge Secretary Caleb Johnson said.

The symbol is about 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide and was crafted by a prominent Mason, Johnson said.

A police report said a man witnessed three men remove the symbol from the north side of the building about 11:25 p.m. Jan. 2 and leave in a black car that may have been a Ford Taurus.

Johnson said there is no estimate yet on the value of the symbol, which was donated in the 1980s.

"It was so beautifully made that we hung it on the outside (of) the building for all to see," Johnson said.

He also said the lodge will leave it up to the authorities whether to prosecute any suspects.

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