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Someone stole a giant hammer in Northern California. Cops really want to nail the thieves

In this April 2017 photo released by Doug Unkrey, artist Unkrey poses for a photo with a large hamme
Artist Doug Unkrey is seen in 2017 with the giant hammer he created at his studio in Geyserville, Calif.
(Erika Linn / Associated Press)

Authorities in Northern California are looking for a hammer. A really, really big one.

The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat says police in Healdsburg in California’s wine country are looking for an enormous artwork that vanished over the weekend.

The artwork was an 800-pound ball-peen hammer made of metal with a long redwood handle. The hammer measures 21 feet long and the head is 6 feet tall.

The piece, valued at $15,000, was lent by the artist about a year ago to the Healdsburg Community Center. It vanished from the lawn sometime Friday night or Saturday morning.

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The artist, Doug Unkrey, says it would have required about eight people or a flatbed trailer with a winch to carry off his work.

Police, of course, want to nail the thieves.


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