Wanted: A very meticulous thief who managed to take a 4-foot-by-1-foot window from a historic cabin in the Elkmont Historic District in Great Smoky Mountains National Park without breaking a pane.
Park officials, who say the window was taken in January, are offering a $1,000 reward for information regarding the theft.
'This is a very sad case of vandalism and theft,' said Chief Ranger Clay Jordan. 'The people who did this have stolen a piece of our shared history that can never be replicated.'
The missing window was from the former summer home of a Knoxville glass maker, and featured an intricate and unusual design. The entire window includes 34 individual glass panes, each measuring 4 inches x 4 inches.
It is unlawful to disturb or deface natural and historic resources within the park. Individuals convicted of such crimes may be sentenced up to six months in jail and/or fined up to $5,000. Anyone with information as to the possible identity of the individuals responsible for the theft is encouraged to call the tip hotline at 865-436-1580.
The Elkmont Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994. Upon its registration as a Historic District, it was comprised of 74 cottages, outbuildings, and the Wonderland Hotel.