The Axe Theft of 1930

3 April 1930 -- Stanford Regains the Axe; The Immortal 21

Location:American Trust Company, Berkeley
Duration:3 years

After thirty-one years and a half dozen or more tries, Stanford stole the Axe from out of the hands of it's Berkeley custodian. Known today as "The Immortal Twenty-One," the Stanford students executed one of the most famous thefts of all time. By posing as newspaper photographers, the Cardinal students distracted the throngs of Berkeley students protecting the Axe just long enough to wrestle it away from it's official custodian and his armed guard. With the bright flash of camera powder and a tear bomb, the Cardinal took off with the Axe and drove into the history books.

Here are the details and accounts of the 1930 theft: