Nothing is sacred to metal thieves. They’ll put their lives at risk to pull a few hundred dollars’ worth of copper out of a light fixture, swipe a plaque from a 50-year-old war veterans monument, tear apart equipment at grade schools, even steal cemetery memorials.

The cash they get in exchange for the metal they pass off as scrap is a fraction of what it costs cities, schools and businesses to replace it or fix what thieves damage during the burglary.

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