Sacto 9-1-1
December 25, 2011
Metal thief steals church's cornerstone bronze plaque

By David Siders

A thief on Christmas Eve stole the bronze plaque from a church's cornerstone, the church's pastor said Sunday.

The Rev. Jeanie Shaw of Northminster Presbyterian Church said the plaque was ripped off the wall of the church, near Del Paso Country Club, sometime Saturday. It marked the construction of the church's sanctuary in 1965.

"It's a very sad thing on Christmas Eve to lose the physical cornerstone of our church," she said.

Increasing demand and rising prices have led to spate of thefts of copper, bronze and other metals, authorities say.

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