Thieves de­cide it’s ham­mer time

Houston Chronicle - - NEWSMAKERS - From wire re­ports

HEALDS­BURG, Calif. — Au­thor­i­ties in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia are look­ing for a ham­mer. A re­ally, re­ally big one.

The Santa Rosa PressDemo­crat says po­lice in Healds­burg in Cal­i­for­nia’s wine coun­try are look­ing for an enor­mous art­work that van­ished over the week­end.

The art­work was an 800-pound ball-peen ham­mer made of metal with a long red­wood han­dle. The ham­mer mea­sures 21 feet long and the head is 6 feet tall.

The piece, val­ued at $15,000, was loaned by the artist about a year ago to the Healds­burg Com­mu­nity Cen­ter. It van­ished from the lawn some­time Fri­day night or Satur­day morn­ing.

The artist, Doug Unkrey, says it would have re­quired about eight peo­ple or a flatbed trailer with a winch to carry off his work.

Po­lice, of course, want to nail the thieves.

Erika Linn / As­so­ci­ated Press

Artist Doug Unkrey had loaned his $15,000 ham­mer art­work to the Healds­burg Com­mu­nity Cen­ter.

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