Police say a brass plaque honoring slain San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk was stolen from the city's Castro neighborhood sometime over the weekend.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the 3-foot-by-2-foot plaque, in place for almost three decades, had been housed outside the gates of the Castro Muni Station in Harvey Milk Plaza.
"This plaque is an iconic part of the history of this neighborhood," Supervisor Scott Wiener said. "It really means a lot to the community. Whoever took it, I just ask that you return it, no questions asked, and let us put it back up."
Removing the plaque, which had been bolted into cement, was probably not an easy task, says police spokesman Sgt. Michael Andraychak. "Something that size, it would have taken some time and effort to remove, and possibly more than one person to move it," he said.
Because photos of Milk adjacent to the plaque weren't stolen or disfigured, the theft is not thought to be an antigay gesture.
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