The Axe Theft of 1967

12 May 1967 -- The Axe is Missing...Again

Custodian:Stanford
Location:Trophy Case, Tressider Union
Duration:6 months

When the Axe was stolen from its case in Tressider Union, it was initially thought to be an 'inside job.' The thief apparently had a good working knowledge of the Axe's case and its alarm system. The thief was able to remove the Axe from the case without activating the alarm.

The Axe was not returned to Stanford until the day of Big Game, but it was seen in photographs (some real, some fabricated and doctored) that were sent to local newspapers.

Here are the details and accounts of the 1967 theft: