Wasn't that welded onto the pole? Persistent thieves, I guess. If it wasn't stolen, thanks to whomever has it in safekeeping until we can re-weld it back into place.
On a related note, I think the County Parks pays for any losses due to theft. I know they did a few years back at JB when someone stole the entire basket 18. I am not sure of their financial willingness at this point in time, though. In any event, I know for a fact that DGA sells replacement parts for just this scenario. I'm sure it isn't dirt cheap or anything, but at least it won't be $450. If we ever find out who the thief is, I say we bury them head first in the ground with their feet sticking out and have a nice, long Ring-of-Fire session!