Headdress stolen from local store

February 23, 2013 • Local News

A Lakota-style headdress stolen from White Mattress Company appeared in the Record’s Business Review in May 2012. (Bill Flynt Photo)

Suspects stole a Lakota-style headdress Thursday afternoon from the White Mattress Company, 1010 S. Main St., in a snatch-and-grab style theft.

Darel Davenport told the police that two Hispanic males came into the store and left. One of the two returned two hours later, [auth] grabbed the ceremonial head dress and ran.

“We have video,” said Davenport. “They waited until almost everyone was gone before they came back.”

The headdress is a reproduction of those worn in Lakota ceremonies. It was created by a Native American artist in South Plains.

“It’s almost our logo. It’s on our billboard (located at the intersection of Alameda and Main Streets),” he said.

The headdress has white feathers, with black tips. It has decorative beadwork and stitching, and trails nearly 6 feet. The headdress was for sale and is valued at $1,000.

The store has numerous Native American items on display. “I’ve been wholesaling since 1975. We have people who come from all over. We had a woman last week who came here from Morocco,” Davenport said.

Davenport has an affinity for the Native peoples, having grown up on the Navajo reservation.

The subjects drove away in a white Yukon-style or full-sized SUV, with chrome rims and grill, along with other distinctive markings.

The RPD are asking anyone who has information pertaining to the incident to contact their Criminal Investigation Division at 624-6770 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-594-8477.

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