Stolen 30-Foot-Tall Climbing Wall Recovered in Memphis

February 11, 2006 - Posted at 1:02 p.m. CST

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


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