Georgetown Clock Hand Capers Post Ransom Riddle

5:45 PM, May 4, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- The plot thickens into the case of Georgetown University's clock hand caper. The stealing of the Healy Hands is a Georgetown tradition that dates back to the 1960's. On Monday, for the first time in seven years, someone did it again.

On Tuesday, the alleged thieves emailed the Georgetown Voice and they attached a picture of the stolen clock hands for proof. The email reads: "All may rest assured that the clock itself was not damaged ... and the hands are now safely en route to Vatican City to receive the blessing of Pope Benedict XVI." It's signed, "Reaper, Goliath, and Juliet. P.S. The view from the top is truly phenomenal." 

But two-days later, it seems the thieves had a change of heart. A ransom riddle appeared on the website, collegecraig.org:
"We'll give you a 'hand' if you're willing to trade for a campus celebrity who has recently made quite the build up for just a little pup."

That pup is Jack Jr., the university's mascot-in-training. The five-month-old bulldog was welcomed to campus just last month. Now, it's him or the Healy Hands.

University officials declined to comment on-camera, but a spokeswoman did release the following statement:

"The assessments by our internal and external experts found damage to the clock. We are working quickly to understand what is needed to repair the clock and will replace the hands as soon as the repairs can be completed. Georgetown's Department of Public Safety is investigating the incident. J.J. remains on campus with Fr. Steck and his fellow Hoyas."

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