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Lodi woman to thieves: Please return missing patio furniture, it was an anniversary gift

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Posted: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 12:00 am

Roland Mounce gave his wife a decorative aluminum bench and table about 45 years ago as an anniversary present. But on Saturday morning, while outside with his grandson, Mounce discovered that the patio furniture was missing. It had been bolted down on some brickwork near the front door at the southeast corner of West Lockeford and North Hutchins streets.

“It kind of made me mad because I had it for 42 years,” Mounce said. “The wife was kind of upset.” The Mounces have been married for 52 years.

Sentimental about the patio set, Mounce’s wife, Carol, hung a hand-written sign in her front window offering a reward for anyone who returns the furniture.

“It was a precious little thing,” Carol Mounce said. “I choked up. I was fighting tears.”

Each of the four legs of the bench and the four legs of the white table were bolted onto concrete, but that didn’t stop the thieves. She thinks the furniture was stolen Thursday night.

Carol Mounce said that people need to realize that they hurt others emotionally when they steal their property, especially if it has sentimental value.

“We’re not going to take it anymore,” she said. “It’s going to get in the newspaper, and we’re going to tell our friends.”

Unfortunately, Roland Mounce said, people walking by their house steal other items from their front yard, or they’ll break plastic sprinklers.

“It’s going to be where we’re going to have to get 6-foot gates,” Brown said, reflecting on today’s society. “And it’s going to get worse before it gets better.”

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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