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70” propeller slated for installation in a north end park is stolen; Parks asks public’s help in finding it

Professor Thiel and the missing propeller

Professor Thiel and the missing propeller

Seattle Parks and Recreation is looking for a stolen propeller and is asking for the public’s help.

The University District Community Council and Philip Thiel, naval architect and Professor Emeritus of Architecture and Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington, were preparing to donate a 70” diameter, stainless steel propeller to Parks as an installation in a north end park.

Unfortunately, thieves drove up an alley in the University District this morning and, managing to overcome the obstacles of both a retaining wall and a fence, lifted the 1,260 lb. propeller onto a truck and drive away with it. There were no witnesses. Neighbors heard a commotion and called the police, but the thieves were long gone.

A photo of Professor Thiel and the propeller is attached. If anyone has seen the propeller or knows where it is, please call Seattle Parks and Recreation at 206-684-7241.