Twice-pilfered statue of eagle returned to man
Ed Annon’s handcrafted eagle statue sits under the American flag on the front lawn of his home on Unaweep Avenue. The statue is a patriotic symbol for all veterans and something Annon proudly displays on his lawn.
Annon could not comprehend why his eagle was stolen not once, but twice from his yard in the past three years. The second occurrence happened three weeks ago.
But Annon’s missing eagle statue returned home Thursday.
Annon said the couple who returned the statue to his home wished to remain anonymous but told him the statue was recovered somewhere on Main Street in downtown Grand Junction.
“I didn’t think I was going to get it back this time. I thought it was gone for good,” Annon said.
With the help of The Daily Sentinel, Annon has found his eagle statue twice. In September 2010, he submitted a comment to the “You Said It” column, which is published on Sundays. The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department later reunited Annon with his beloved statue.
This time, Annon similarly submitted a comment, which was noticed by Sentinel staff. An article about his missing eagle appeared in Tuesday’s newspaper.
The couple believed the statue they had found on Main Street was Annon’s because of the article. With the help of a Sentinel reporter, the couple returned the statue to Annon.
Annon said he is grateful for the Sentinel’s help in twice locating and returning his statue.
Despite the thefts, Annon said he would continue to display the eagle but would take more precaution in making the statue safe and secure. He mentioned adding more cement to the statue’s post and possibly adding a security camera. “I want to figure something out that won’t allow for anyone to do that again.”