KUNA — If you don’t see the red, white and blue bench in front of Eagles and Anchors Tattoo Shop, the reason could be because, at closing time, it was taken inside.

After their bench was stolen around July 1, shop owners Jay Black and Frank Spear take the new bench inside.

The new bench, almost identical to the old one, was donated by a man known as “Mr. Gene,” to Black and Spear. The new bench has cup holders.

“We definitely don’t want that one stolen,” Black said, “because of the sentimental value.”

Black and Spear did not file a report, but both are hopeful someone will either have information about or return the other bench. They put the word out on Facebook.

Black said he was in the shop when he saw a man approaching with the bench. Black thought it was someone returning their original bench, but when he went outside, it was Mr. Gene, trying to drop off the bench unnoticed.

“We’re just amazed he took the situation into his own hands,” Spear said. “That really touched our hearts.”

Alx George is the Kuna Melba News reporter. Contact her at 208-922-3008 or editor@kunamelba.com.

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