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February 19, 2008

Stolen Ginkgo leaf sign

Police in Canton, Connecticut, are seeking a hand-carved wooden sign stolen two weeks ago from the former George Fillmore Goldsmiths and Jewellers store on busy Route 44.
The sign — one of two gold-colored ginkgo leaf signs that had been on the building since the 1980s — is valued at $ 5,000. The sign, secured 5 feet up on the side of the store by three metal bolts, was taken sometime between 5 p.m. Jan. 24 and 8 a.m. Jan. 25. The thief cut the bolts to get the sign, owner Weber said.

The Weber family chose the ginkgo leaf design because ginkgoes are one of the world's most ancient trees, and the leaf symbolized gold smiting, one of the world's oldest trades.
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