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Historic copper stolen from Fort Monroe buildings

Thursday - 8/29/2013, 4:50pm  ET

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) -- Hampton police are looking for those responsible for stealing historic copper from Fort Monroe.

Authorities say someone snuck into the moat area of the former Army base and stole copper and aluminum gutter piping from 10 buildings.

The Virginian-Pilot reports (http://bit.ly/15j75BZ) that two buildings were completely stripped of their gutters and downspouts. An additional eight buildings had some of the metal removed.

The copper, which has developed a patina over time, likely dates to between 1889 and 1909. Its value isn't yet known.

Police say the theft was bold because Hampton has a police officer who patrols the fort 24 hours a day.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com


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