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Punk Kids Steal ‘Back The Blue’ Sign Given To Norma’s Cafe By Fallen Officer’s Family [UPDATED]

The Dallas diner wants their sign back, no questions asked

Norma's Cafe
Don’t steal from Norma’s, y’all
Norma’s Cafe

UPDATE: In a statement provided to Eater, Norma's Cafe says that the sign will be returned. "“We are overwhelmed by the support and attention from the community, as well as our loyal guests," said Norma's owner Ed Murph. "Officer Brent Thompson’s memorial sign will be returned soon to our Oak Cliff location where it will remain a constant reminder of our law enforcement’s unwavering dedication and loyalty to the residents of Dallas. We are not focusing on who or why the sign was taken, but are grateful it is being returned.”

In the aftermath of the July 7 shooting that took the lives of five Dallas police officers, the city’s restaurants rallied around the Dallas law enforcement community in a big way. The tragedy especially hit home for Norma’s Cafe, where fallen DART officer Brent Thompson was a regular.

After his death, Thompson’s family gifted the restaurant a special "Back The Blue" sign, which Norma’s Cafe proudly displayed in its windows – until yesterday.

According to a post to Norma’s Cafe’s Facebook page, an as-yet-unidentified group of punk kids were caught on camera stealing the sign from the restaurant. The security footage clearly shows a group of 4 (likely) teenagers walking away with the sign in broad daylight.

Scope out photos of the perpetrators – and a plea from Norma’s Cafe for civility from Facebook commenters. (Note: this post has since been removed)

Teenagers, man.

UPDATE: In a statement provided to Eater, Norma's Cafe says that the sign will be returned. "“We are overwhelmed by the support and attention from the community, as well as our loyal guests," said Norma's owner Ed Murph. "Officer Brent Thompson’s memorial sign will be returned soon to our Oak Cliff location where it will remain a constant reminder of our law enforcement’s unwavering dedication and loyalty to the residents of Dallas. We are not focusing on who or why the sign was taken, but are grateful it is being returned.”

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