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Copper downspouts stolen from historic buildings

SHARON — Sometime over the Labor Day weekend, copper downspouts were stolen from the buildings that are home to the Sharon Historical Society and the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon.Marge Smith, associate director of the Sharon Historical Society, said, “Liz Shapiro, our executive director, was at the library and learned some of the copper downspouts on the outside of their building had been stolen.” When Shapiro returned to the historical society, which is next door, she and Smith walked the exterior of their building and found three of their copper downspouts had also been stolen.“In talking with my cousin who lives in Charleston, S.C., I learned that kind of theft is very common in these tough economic times,” Smith said. “Copper is valuable.”Louise Manteuffel, director of the library, said, “We noticed the theft on Labor Day and believe it occurred sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning of that weekend.” Manteuffel said six downspouts had been taken from the library. “We will replace them, but not with copper,” she said. “We are looking at alternate materials. Insurance will cover the loss —albeit with a $1,000 deductible.” She said the downspouts will be replaced before the cold weather sets in.Connecticut State Police were called to both buildings but so far have not made any arrests in the case. Smith and Manteuffel said the police told them these types of thefts are not uncommon.Anyone interested in donating funds to help these organizations replace the downspouts can call the historical society at 860-364-5688 or the library at 860-364-5041.

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