â€śThis is a very sad case of vandalism and theft,â€ť said Smokies Chief Ranger Clay Jordan. â€śThe people who did this have stolen a piece of our shared history that can never be replicated.â€ť
Park officials are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individuals responsible for the theft.
The missing window was from the former summer home of a Knoxville glass maker featuring an intricate and unusual design. The entire 4-by-1 foot glass window is missing from the frame, which including 34 individual glass panes, each measuring 4-inches-square. Two of the original 36 glass panes were missing prior to the theft of the window.
Perpetrators may be sentenced up to 6 months in jail and or fined up to $5,000. Call 865.436.1580 with tips.