Stolen Medal Returned to Owner

After Being Stolen In May, Prestigious Medal Is Recovered At Springs Hotel

POSTED: 08:50 AM MDT Sep 21, 2011    UPDATED: 01:31 AM MDT Aug 19, 2011 

A stolen Tuskegee Airmen Congressional Medal was returned to its rightful owner early Friday morning.

Police said the original medal, belonging to 2nd Lt. Franklin Macon, was located in lost and found of a Colorado Springs Crossland Economy Studios. According to police, an employee called them shortly after midnight to report the finding.

Macon, 88, said police knocked on his door at 2 a.m. Friday morning.

"They came in and said 'Well, we have something for you,' and they handed me the medal," said Macon.

The medal was stolen from the home of 2nd Lieutenant Frank Macon in May.

"I'm very glad to have it back, I really am. I am very proud of the police force spending so much. They said they're not going to rest until they catch the person involved," said Macon.

Macon was awarded a bronze replica of the Tuskegee Airmen Congressional Gold Medal in July to replace the one stolen from his home. Macon says both of the medals symbolize very different things.

"The old one has a lot to do with the Tuskegee Airmen and the newer one says that my Air Force brothers thought a lot of me to get this other one," said Macon.

He tells KRDO Newschannel 13 that the newer medal is already being kept in a safe, and he plans to put the original medal in the safe to prevent this from happening again.