Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Steeling and Selling Metal is now the Big Business

   Forget the house robberies or the handbag snatch and run, people do not have any money anymore anyway.  People are becoming very inventive in these days of high unemployment. Some have decided not to work at those two or three jobs, with lower pay, and have instead turned to other ways of making money to pay the bills. 

     For as long as most people can recall, the massive garden urn had been sitting on a granite pedestal outside the Peabody Institute Library.
   "It never dawned on anybody that it would be taken," Library Director Douglas Rendell said. "It was enormous. We used to joke, 'No one's going to walk away with that.'"
Until someone did.
Around the state, police are receiving reports of stolen metalwork, plumbing, gutters and even electrical wiring, which contains copper, which is then resold to scrap yards.
In 2008, two state workers were charged with stealing some 2,000 feet of decorative iron railing from Boston's historic Longfellow Bridge, valued at more than $500,000 and selling it to Minichiello Brothers for $12,147. The scrap yard also cooperated in that investigation — though the iron had already been melted down by the time the theft was discovered.

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