SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) – Police are investigating the whereabouts of a missing bronze plaque honoring slain gay San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk.

Supervisor Scott Weiner has filed a police report after he was notified on Saturday that the plaque created in the mid-1980s was removed from its spot in the city’s Castro district.

Sgt. Mike Andraychak believes that thieves may have chopped up the plaque to recycle the brass pieces for profit. Police estimate the plaque to be worth about $10,000.

Wiener said he’s not sure the theft was a hate crime. He’s hoping for its safe return.

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

Milk is considered to be the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in a major U.S. city when he was elected to San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors in 1977.

He was assassinated by a disgruntled former supervisor a year later.

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  1. Me says:

    No wonder there are no comments….CBS 5 won’t allow any if you arent on the side of the gays………

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