CR funeral home says expensive caskets were stolen
CEDAR RAPIDS (AP)--Officials with a Cedar Rapids funeral home damaged in last summer's flood say three expensive caskets have been stolen.
Brosh Chapel Director Matt Linn says someone knocked down a garage door to get to the caskets, which are worth about $3,000 each. He believes the caskets' copper material appealed to the thieves who might try to cash it in as scrap metal.
The funeral home, which also reports that copper pipes have been taken, has sat mostly empty since last June's flood.
Police Sgt. Cristy Hamblin says the city has had problems with people stealing copper ever since the flood.
Linn says the chapel recently sold the building that was burglarized and is operating out of another funeral home while it builds at a new location.
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