Police: Man accused of stealing from Oklahoma City National Memorial
OKLAHOMA CITY – A metro man is accused of stealing from what many consider to be hallowed ground – the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum.
The alleged theft off the memorial fence got noticed by a man driving to California.
Snatching a black and white handkerchief and a 12 inch brown ceramic cross off the fence, Carson Wittwer didn’t realize he was being watched by a total stranger.
“When he was pulling the cross off the fence is when I called the police,” said witness Joshua Phillips.
Joshua is the alert out-of-town visitor who noticed the alleged theft from the fence.
“To me it would be the last place I think anyone would want to steal from in Oklahoma City,” said Phillips.
“I think that’s pretty low,” said Marshall Perry.
First time visitor Marshall Perry says stealing keepsakes from the memorial fence is simply disrespectful to the lives lost nearly 20 years ago.
“It’s like stealing from a church or something,” said Perry.
“This is an isolated incident,” said memorial security director Leon Gillum.
Gillum say thefts from the memorial fence are rare.
“Most recognize what the fence is there for,” said Gillum.
“Nobody wants to see something like this happen at a place where so many people were killed all those years ago,” said Oklahoma City police MSgt. Gary Knight.
“To see an idiot, for lack of a better way of putting it, want to do something to hurt the memorial was quite shocking,” said Phillips.
In the end police arrested Wittwer for larceny.
His friend Andrew Dunn was taken into custody on a charge of public intoxication.