Residents near the intersection of Avenue I and East 16th Street in Midwood were distressed to discover that a 67-year-old plaque honoring former President Franklin D. Roosevelt was ripped from its foundation.
News 12 is reporting that the memorial, which was erected in 1946 by the Terrace Gardens Men’s Club, was stolen sometime before April 19, the date when it was first noticed to be missing. The theft of the plaque, commemorating the 32nd president, fell one week after the 68th anniversary of the death of Roosevelt, who died April 12, 1945.
Residents have filed a police report and consider the return of the monument the top priority.
“Just return it, no questions asked,” one local resident told News 12. “Turn it into the 70th Precinct and lets move on,” she said, citing the memorial as a source of immense community pride.