Natatia Bledsoe is the public information officer for the Fredericksburg Police Department.
Copper stolen from two historic sites
Employees of two downtown historic sites reported yesterday that copper downspouts were stolen from the exterior of the buildings. The thefts occurred at some time between 6:00 pm on Saturday evening and 9:00 am on Monday morning at the Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop on Caroline Street and the Mary Washington House on Charles Street.
Copper is generally stolen because of its lucrative cash value at scrap yards and recycling businesses. Copper guttering is particularly vulnerable to theft because of its accessibility on the outside of a building and the typical ease of its removal and transport.
One of the simplest deterrents to this and similar offenses is exterior lighting that is controlled by motion detectors. The bad guys are much less likely to commit their crimes under a spotlight.
Excerpt from today’s Crime Report:
Hugh Mercer Apothecary, 1020 Caroline St, 2/11 6:00 pm – 2/14 10:30 am. An employee reported that two copper downspouts were stolen from the rear of the building. No suspects or witnesses at this time.
Mary Washington House, 1200 Charles St, 2/12 6:00 pm – 2/14 8:45 am. An employee reported that two copper downspouts were stolen from the rear of the building. No suspects or witnesses at this time.