For the second time in three weeks, local sea lion dock booster Bob Ward says somebody has stolen the sea lion dock’s donation collection box at the entrance to Port Dock One on the Bay Front. The box was initially attached to a fence. After the first theft it was more securely attached to a 6 foot length of 4X6 timber that forms the top rail of the fence, and connected to the uprights by 8 inch stakes.
But late Sunday night or early Monday morning the thief took the whole thing; collection box and the 6 foot piece of timber. Sea Lion Dock Foundation spokesman Bob Ward said there may have been a dollar or two in the box, but not much more since it is emptied every day.
The theft took place the evening of Sunday 31 March or in the early hours of Monday, April 1st. Ward said the box will be restored again but this time a surveillance camera will be installed to ward off whoever is intent on stopping the collections.
Ward says his group will be placing a section of the Misawa Japanese “tsunami dock” in front the nearby Undersea Gardens as a Tsunami Awareness and Information Center.