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July 10, 2014

Cannon stolen from Fort Wayne's replica fort

FORT WAYNE (AP) — An antique cannon has been stolen from the replica of an early 1800s military fort in downtown Fort Wayne.

A volunteer at the Historic Old Fort found the cannon was gone on Tuesday and reported the theft to city police.

Group members who fire blank loads in the cannon undergo extensive training and it could be dangerous for whoever stole the cannon to shoot it off, volunteer Norman Gable said.

"I simply hope whoever has it doesn't try to fire it," Gable told The Journal Gazette.

Volunteers say the cannon is made of pig iron, so its scrap value is minimal. It also weighs about 200 pounds, so more than one person was likely involved in carrying it away from the fort.

"If there's two or three people, it's going to be hard to keep it a secret," Old Fort volunteer Sean O'Brien told WANE-TV. "There will probably be a reward for this, and we would really like to get this back."

The Historic Fort Wayne group has been working to rebuild the fort's blacksmith shop after it was damaged by a fire in May.

The building was not damaged beyond repair, but the collection of antique tools inside was a total loss. A cause of the fire hasn't been determined.

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