Letters spelling out names of dead stolen from St. Louis mausoleum

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on June 27, 2013 at 9:55 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 2 at 4:42 PM

(KMOV) – Dozens of bronze letters spelling out the name of the dead are gone after vandals destroyed the mausoleum at Valhalla Cemetery.

A News 4 viewer alerted us to the damage after she went to put flowers at her husband’s crypt last month only to find the bronze-plated name had been pried off.

Rita Schulze told the Cemetery about the problem right away but says nothing happened. News 4’s Chris Stanford went to find out why.

The owner of Vahalla refused to go on camera but did say in a phone call the damage “isn’t a big deal.”

 The owner says they’re working on fixing the names but the names won’t be ready for several weeks.

Although it is still unknown as to why the thieves stole the letters, News 4 learned bronze can be scrapped for cash. Copper sells for about $2-3 a pound whereas Bronze goes for $1.75.

In St. Louis County, anyone selling scrap metal has to show an ID and buyers have to keep electronic records. The cemetery is in north St. Louis County.

 

Outside the county lines, there are no laws in place when it comes to selling scrap metal. 

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