MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) _ Worrying about thieves is nothing new for
retail stores, but Outdoors Incorporated of Memphis, Tennessee,
thought its six-thousand-pound, 30-foot-tall rock-climbing wall was
safe. It wasn't.
Someone made off with the 30-thousand wall used for rock
climbing practice Wednesday morning. Someone reported seeing it in
central Arkansas, but it was recovered yesterday at a lot near the
Memphis airport. Police say they have no leads on who might have
taken the wall.
The wall was snatched from a storage lot used by Outdoor
Incorporated. That company rents the wall to organizers of outdoors
events and festivals. The wall, painted gray to resemble rock, is
dotted with raised handholds climbers hang on to.
An employee with the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority had
seen the wall near the airport earlier, but did not call police
until he heard news it had been stolen. David Sinclair said he
thought it was kind of weird, because you don't see a climbing wall
every day. But he said he didn't really think much about it until
he learned it was stolen.
An owner of the company said yesterday that he had received a
tip that the wall was spotted being towed on a highway near Little
Rock. But it was unclear today if the wall ever made it outside