Stolen antique wooden counter at the WJR Rittman Nature Preserve

RITTMAN, Ohio – An antique countertop weighing more than 600 pounds has been stolen from the newly opened WJR Rittman Nature Preserve in Rittman.

The nature reserve, with the help of a generous donation, purchased a historic 1853 Ohio general store counter for $2,000 to use for the reserve’s new environmental education center as a laboratory work area. for students.

“It’s beautiful. I mean, it’s heavy wood. It’s an old antique piece and tab and nice detailed work. So it was going to be really cool,” said Rittman Mayor Bill Robertson.

Robertson and environmental education adviser Jim Trogdon were at the reservation on Monday when they noticed the antique counter was missing. The counter was last seen in the reserve on March 25. Robertson said he disappeared between March 25 and April 10.

Courtesy of WJR Rittman Nature Preserve.

A missing antique wooden counter in the WJR Rittman Nature Preserve.

The counter measures approximately 15 feet long by 4 feet wide and weighs over 600 pounds. The reserve had to use a 16-foot trailer and the help of six men to move it to the center.

Robertson said it would be no small feat to steal the counter.

“It’s not something you’re going to put, I don’t think, in your playroom at 14.5 feet long. You’re not going to drag him down your basement stairs. Wouldn’t go very well in the living room. I don’t know what anyone would do with it other than what we were doing,” he said.

Robertson said a group of people banded together to offer a $1,000 reward for locating and returning the ancient treasure to the reserve.

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