Richmond police recover stolen WW-I era cannon

RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — Northern California police have recovered a 1-ton, World War I-era cannon swiped from a Veteran’s Hall earlier this month.

Richmond police said the cannon was stolen May 1 when nearby vendors were setting up the city’s Cinco de Mayo festival. Surveillance video captured two men using bolt cutter to cut a chain securing the cannon and towing it away it on the back of a pickup.

A man who purchased the cannon called police Thursday after seeing a report of its theft. Lt. Felix Tan says it appears the buyer didn’t know the cannon had been stolen.

Tan said police are continuing to investigate and looking for the two men who stole the military relic.

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