Someone stole an antique window from a cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains, and the park service is offering a reward to get it back.
The window was taken from a historic cabin in the Elkmont Historic District. Officials noticed it was missing in late January. The missing window came from the former summer home of a Knoxville glass maker featuring an intricate and unusual design. The entire 4 feet x 1 foot glass window is missing from the frame which includes 34 individual glass panes, each measuring 4 inches x 4 inches. Two of the original 36 glass panes were missing prior to the theft of the entire window.
"This is a very sad case of vandalism and theft," said Chief Ranger Clay Jordan. "The people who did this have stolen a piece of our shared history that can never be replicated." Park officials are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individuals responsible for the theft.
It is illegal to disturb or deface natural and historic resources within the park. The thief could be sentenced to up to 6 months in jail and or fined up to $5,000.
Anyone with information as to the possible identity of the individuals responsible for the theft is encouraged to call the tip hotline at 865-436-1580.