Decorative urn swiped from entrance to Ventfort Hall

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LENOX -- Police are looking into the theft of a decorative urn removed from the entrance to Ventfort Hall, the Museum of the Gilded Age, earlier this week.

The urn, cast of cement, has an estimated value of about $100, said Officer William Colvin, who was contacted by museum officials on Thursday morning.

Staff members arriving at the historic "cottage" discovered that one of the two large urns at the driveway entrance had been stolen, said Ventfort's marketing coordinator, Linda Rocke. Newly planted flowers and dirt had been dumped out beside the driveway where the urn had stood.

The object was one of a pair bought in the late 1990s, she added, and both had flanked the entrance to the driveway since then. The other urn remains at the site.

Rocke speculated that the removal of the urn may have been a prank. If whoever took it returns it and leaves it there, no questions would be asked, she said.

The object has sentimental value because it was purchased when the Ventfort Hall Association of volunteers, who had saved the building from demolition, began a lengthy restoration process 15 years ago.


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