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Metal thieves strike history

By scarney
Monday, August 16th, 2010 at 8:29 pm in Crime, Moraga, Orinda.

While the stealing of metal has become a regular crime recently throughout Lamorinda, the most recent occurrence took a jab at history.

The bronze plaque signifying the history of the Joaquin Moraga Adobe, the oldest Lamorinda landmark, was stolen. The plaque had been present at the site since 1954.

The Moraga Historical Society does have a wax cast of the plaque on file. They are likely to get a new plaque made to replace the stolen one.

If the plaque was indeed stolen to sell off as scrap metal, the thief won’t be getting rich any time soon. Scrap bronze is currently worth no more than $2 per pound.

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