The longtime sign that has served as a marker of help for those struggling with alcohol abuse in Burbank has been stolen.
The refurbished six-foot tall “243” number sign that hung outside the Burbank Alcoholics Anonymous meeting place on the 200 block of East Angeleno Avenue was stolen from a parking lot sometime between March 4 and March 7, officials said.
“Before the building was torn down, it was one of the only things we were able to save,” said the group’s secretary, Jane, who declined to give her last name due to confidentiality concerns. “Now the building is completely gone and it was all we had left.”
Jane, who has been a member of Alcoholics Anonymous for the past 10 years, called the blue sign a “beacon of hope” for people that came to the Burbank group for the past 60 years.
Burbank Police Sgt. Travis Irving said detectives have no leads on its whereabouts.