CLEMSON, S.C. (WSPA) – A longtime staple of Downtown Clemson has gone missing and police are calling on the Tigers to help find it.
60 years ago, the marquee at Tiger Sports Shop promoted movies.
“I saw the first Halloween here!” Patti Nichols, Tiger Sports Shop Manager, told 7News.
Nichols says in 1974, Clemson legend Coach Ibrahim renovated the movie theater and turned it into the store it is today.
The inside of the store has evolved since the ’70s, but the outside hasn’t been touched.
“So the sign is the same marquee [that was there] since it was a movie theater,” Nichols said.
Nichols tells 7News the orange and white sign is part of Clemson’s culture and a staple of “Tiger Town” known all around the world.
“It is actually so recognizable, even when ESPN comes to town they are always taking pictures of the marquee.” She said.
Due to some “shenanigans” earlier this week, the “Everything Clemson for the Clemson fan” store has everything, but the letter C on its marquee.
“I can’t even imagine it? Why take a C? That’s just rude,” said one man.
“Our C is missing and we want it back,” Nichols said. “It’s a mystery.”
In a Facebook post, shared more than 600 times, Clemson City Police say the letter C was stolen.
Police say the suspect attempted to take the C from the other side of the marquee and while they failed, it was damaged in the process.
Nichols says “Tiger Town” is taking it pretty hard, but she’s trying to stay positive that she’ll see the C again soon.
“We are coming around and we do see the humor, but we still want it back,” Nichols said. “It still is an important piece of our history.”
Tiger Sports Shop and several other Downtown Clemson businesses have surveillance cameras that they hope will help police track down the C and the person who took it.
If you see the C call Clemson Police.
CLEMSON, S.C. (WSPA) – Clemson City Police need help finding out who stole the big letter “C” off of The Tiger Sports Shop downtown.
Police said on Facebook, that they also caused damage to other letters on the sports shop while trying to take it down.
The whole area has cameras and that there will soon be surveillance footage, police said.
Anyone with information about the incident should call (864) 624-2000.