Citadel grad's graduation sword stolen from boyfriend's car in Charlotte

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While many college graduates hold onto yearbooks, lanyards or class rings, a select group of Citadel graduates get a senior sword. A Citadel graduate who now lives in Charlotte said her senior sword was stolen from an apartment complex.

The woman did not want to reveal her identity. She said the realization that it was gone was gut-wrenching.

"I got that deer in headlights look on my face and I said, 'Brandon, my sword is gone,'" she said.

According to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police report, her sword along with stereo equipment was stolen from her boyfriend's car at a Charlotte apartment complex. The report states the thieves popped the lock.

The woman said her sword was in his car because she was hoping to have it engraved.

"I told myself I wasn't going to cry because it's silly to cry over something so simple, but it means a lot and I don't want them to have it," she said.

Commander William Lind said a Citadel sword is more than an object, adding only select cadet officers wear the honor -- a marker of dedication and hard work.

"It's symbolic of an accomplishment that they made during their time at The Citadel, which particularly to a young person is a very big deal," Lind said.

Lind said swords like the one stolen can range anywhere from $400-$1,000, depending on its engravings. He said if the sword turns up online or at a pawn shop, it won't be hard to spot.

"It's not like a sword an Army officer or a Naval officer will carry, it's not an antique," he said. "So I think it would be pretty distinctive."

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