Cannon stolen from Dublin Christian Academy campus

  • A British Revolutionary War cannon, which has been on display at Dublin Christian Academy since the mid-1960s, was stolen in early July and has yet to be recovered. Courtesy photo—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 9/27/2021 2:36:07 PM

A thief has nabbed an unusual prize from the front of the Dublin Christian Academy administrative building earlier this summer – a British Revolutionary War cannon.

The Academy reported the theft to Dublin Police on July 7, and the case so far has generated few leads.

The cannon is a five-pound shot black iron cannon, about four feet long and sitting on a wooden carrier with wooden wheels. It has sat, undisturbed, as a display piece in front of the main building at Dublin Christian Academy since 1964. 

The cannon is inert and does not fire.

Dublin Police Chief Tim Suokko said in an interview Monday that though the Dublin Christian Academy does have security cameras, a review of the footage has not revealed any leads as to who may have taken the cannon – or even how they might have done it.

 “We’re all kind of thinking the same thing,” Suokko said. “It’s a large piece of iron, so it would take, if not equipment, at least multiple people to move.”

The cannon was located in a prominent position in front of the school’s administrative building and would have been visible from the road. And while the theft was reported on July 7, Suokko said the school hasn’t been able to pin down a firm timeline of when the cannon was definitely last in place. 

“It’s one of those things you walk by every day, and don’t think about – and you don’t think anyone’s going to walk off with a giant cannon,” Suokko said.

Suokko said the motive is also unclear. The cannon does have value – between $10,000 and $15,000, according to a post on the Dublin Christian Academy Facebook page, asking for information on the theft. But it would be a difficult item to sell without being noticed, Suokko said.

“What they do with it is another thing. What do you do with an inert cannon?” Suokko said. “It’s a very specific piece.”

Suokko said people who are in the business of collecting and selling similar memorabilia have been alerted to the theft, and “eyes are out” for anyone selling the cannon. It could also have been taken by someone with a private collection. 

Police also initially considered whether the cannon had been stolen as part of a student prank, but after nearly three months without its return, that appears unlikely, Suokko said.

Anyone with information pertaining to the whereabouts of this cannon, please contact Officer Brandon Blair of the Dublin Police Department at 603-563-8411 or by email at bblair@townofdublin.org.

 

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT. 


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