Gibraltar put out a call for help, and then a thank-you when a historic graveyard gate dating back to the 1800s went missing from a city cemetery?
So, who stole or “borrowed” the cemetery gate?
Turns out it wasn’t a prank, it was a city resident looking to, ahem, spruce up their Halloween yard display with something, shall we say, authentic.
Police said the historic gate was recovered after a tip from a resident came in when the police asked for help on social media.
Gibraltar’s police chief Matthew Lawyer told the News-Herald that officers went to an address on Rose Street near Bayview and spotted the portion of missing gate.
“It was located in a resident’s front lawn with their Halloween decorations,” the police chief said.
So far, no tickets, arrests or charges have been made. “We haven’t made contact with the resident yet. Officers knocked on the door, but there was no answer.”
The missing gate drew 245 reactions in small town Gibraltar from residents who were delighted at its return.
Sandra Kurtyka wrote on Facebook, “Glad you got it back. Knew they had to take it for decoration. Surprised it was someone from the city tho. Not too bright.”