August 12, 2014
"I came in one morning a couple of weeks ago and found that the boards that support the clock were just sawed off," says Ann Salamini, owner of the Clock Shop of Virginia.
So after realizing the clock was stolen Salamini decided she wanted to replace it.
"Why dwell on misfortune? People need their clock," she says.
After 30 years, a new clock was hung Tuesday to take the spot of the original.
"It's kind of a typical American sort of dial with nice bold Arabic numerals. It is run by quartz mechanisms. The other was actually a heavy duty electric clock, this is a less expensive clock," says Salamini.
The old clock was estimated to be worth over $2,000 while the new clock only cost about $300.
Salimini says she had no idea just how important the clock was to the community.
"I knew that the buses would use it to decide whether they needed to idle a little bit up the street or press on, you know to stay on schedule. I'd heard occasional comments but I was really quite surprised at how many people expressed their sense of loss that the clock had disappeared," she says.
Shortly after the original clock was stolen Charlottesville Police released surveillance video of the clock heist.
Police say a man got out of his pickup truck and got close to the clock, he then cut it lose in small steps.
Police have yet to find the person who stole the original clock.