By Katherine Ayers
Thursday, February 21, 2013
After nearly a decade of adventure, PeeDee the Pirate once again will man the second-floor balcony of Evans Properties in Greenville.
According to company owner Steve Evans, he bought the 6-foot-tall fiberglass pirate statue from a local vendor in the early 2000s and placed it in his store at 1128 Evans St. After about a year, it was stolen on June 9, 2002. Evans reported the theft to the Greenville Police Department, but the statue never was located.
On Aug. 18 of that year, an employee with East Carolina University’s Facilities Services called the ECU Police Department about a discovery he had made in the wooded area between Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium and 14th Street in front of the Murphy Center, according to Detective Chester Jones with the ECU police.
Officer Nathan Downs was dispatched to the call and located the missing PeeDee.
“Whoever stole it wanted to get rid of it,” Jones said. “There was no camera footage around the site, so there’s no way to know who stole it.”
Jones said his department shared with Greenville police the fact that the statue had been found and asked if there were any open missing pirate cases.
Detective Christopher Burack with the Greenville police did a records search and found out that Evans had reported his pirate missing in 2002.
Jones said police contacted Evans and, after he made a positive identification of the pirate, Evans came by and picked up his booty on Wednesday.
“Evans has known (PeeDee’s) been here; he just didn’t get it until today,” Jones said.
Evans said he is grateful for the work of the two departments.
“I was totally surprised and shocked, and it had been so long,” he said. “This is pretty impressive that they still had the case in their system.”
Evans said PeeDee’s looking a bit weather-beaten, so the plan is to get him repaired and then place him back on the balcony.
“But this time we’re going to bolt him down.” he said.
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via The Daily Reflector.