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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian03 Jun 2018 11:05 a.m. PST

Scarborough police said Sunday they are still looking into the theft of a brass Society of Colonial Wars cross at the headstone of veteran John Fogg at Black Point Cemetery in Scarborough…


Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP03 Jun 2018 11:50 a.m. PST


Could be metal thieves. Or a fraternity prank (not funny, guys). Or someone hoping to sell the cross as having value as a historical curio (stupid thing to expect, but criminals aren't noted for their intelligence). Or a really pathetic collector.

Doesn't seem like there was any other damage done, so that probably rules out random vandals or PC radicals, neither of whom are likely to actually steal anything, just destroy the objects in place. Plus, the politically motivated types would make it clear what they did and why: nobody loves a media camera like PC radicals.

So I'm going with metal thieves. (Though is stealing brass a thing? Copper and aluminum, yes. Brass? It is recyclable, so maybe?)

Phil Hall03 Jun 2018 12:33 p.m. PST

Check the family.

Winston Smith03 Jun 2018 5:02 p.m. PST

Depending on source, brass is going for approximately $1.50 USD/lb.
That's less than copper, but junkies have to work hard to support their habit.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2018 3:08 a.m. PST

Brass is stolen. A couple of years ago thieves in Detroit stole a huge church bell that was @ a church being renovated. They had to use a forklift. It was recovered when a scrap business wouldn't buy it.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2018 5:09 a.m. PST

If it is metal, it is stolen.

Personal logo The Beast Rampant Supporting Member of TMP05 Jun 2018 6:15 a.m. PST

A few years ago, thieves made off with a number of bronze floral urns affixed to tombstones in a Birmingham, Alabama cemetery. They were stupid enough to try and sell them to a local, established scrapyard. Judge gave them the maximum.

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