Police appeal for return of petrified wood from Bedford Weir
THIEVES would have needed heavy lifting equipment to steal two trunks of petrified wood from Bedford Weir at a site where two police officers were murdered almost 150 years ago.
On November 5, 1867, the Gold Commissioner Thomas John Griffin murdered constables John Francis Power and Patrick William Cahill at the weir.
Former Blackwater police officer Donna Gilliland planned to install plaques in their memory there using the rare pieces of wood.
The twin trunks were donated by BMA and taken to the site on a crane by staff from the Blackwater office of Boom Logistics.
"We want to make an appeal to the (thieves') heart, they probably didn't know it was going to be used for a memorial," Emerald officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Peter McFarlane said.
"You can let us know anonymously."
Anyone with information can phone 4983 8100.