Pirate ship plundered in Prescott; suspects sought


by Jennifer Thomas

Video report by Kristine Harrington

Posted on August 9, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 13 at 12:09 PM

PRESCOTT, Ariz. – Yavapai County sheriff's deputies are working to recover numerous knives, swords and necklaces that were stolen from a pirate ship display in Prescott at the end of May.

The victim told deputies that unknown suspects forced entry into the ship's interior where most of the property was taken.

The homebuilt display in the 600 block of Hill Drive is used by the victim's family and area schoolchildren who tour the vessel on occasion, according to sheriff's spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn.

None of the property has been located and no suspects have been identified.

The stolen property includes:

- Uzbekistan knife, possibly 12 inches, with dark rosewood-colored handle and bright chrome blade, which is engraved "Uzbekistan."

- Pewter-finish knife with serrated edge. Two feet long with a full hand-guard.

- Small wooden box from Spain with bronze band and coin accents, very old and filled with old European coins.

- U.S. Marine sword, silver with engraved blade and black scabbard.

- U.S. Cavalry sword with silver scabbard and gold citation cord attached.

- 1953 Japanese 1,000 yen paper bill.

- Antique homemade knife with penny embedded in handle, 6 to 8 inches.

- Silver rapier sword with silver handle and silver-tipped black scabbard, possibly 36 inches.

- "Brotherhood of the Coast" Skull and Bones flag, black, torn away from an exterior table likely leaving ragged edges. 

- 15-strand Zuni-Hishi necklace, turquoise and coral, valued in excess of $400.

- Egyptian necklace, Pharaoh-type, purchased in Jerusalem 20 years ago.

- World War II Japanese machete from Philippines, ornate carved wooden handle with wooden carved scabbard, cross shape on scabbard.

- 3 small gold coins

- 20 Susan B. Anthony dollars

- A number of faux replica antique pistols that look pirate-like.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call 928-771-3260 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232. Callers to Silent Witness remain anonymous and become eligible for a cash reward if the tip leads to an arrest.