Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 4, 2012

Thieves take 150 faucets from two cemeteries

- — LAWRENCE, Mass. — Even the dead aren’t safe from thieves.

Two cemeteries were hit recently and the vandals took 150 brass spouts and handles off faucets used by mourners to water plants and flowers they put on the graves of their loved ones.

"It's sacrilegious," said Tom Ferris Jr., superintendent of one cemetery that was hit. He discovered 47 faucets — two-thirds of his system — missing from the 112-acre cemetery March 26.

At another cemetery, 100 faucets were stolen.

Cemetery directors and police believe the parts were taken for scrap.

"The market is out there,” police Chief John Romero said. “People are looking for scrap metal in normal garbage. There's no question about it."

Scrap metal only brings pennies on the pound, the manager of one recycle center said. Brass fetches about $1.50 a pound.

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Details for this story were provided by The Eagle-Tribune in North Andover, Mass.)

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