In Reply to: Steal pennies off a dead man's eyes or... posted by ESC on July 22, 2008 at 10:15:
: ...steal the brass nuts off a fire hydrant.
: Thieves steal the brass nuts off fire hydrants and sell for scrap:
Sadly, this is not confined to the US. Here in the UK we're losing manhole covers, lead off roofs, copper form where ever it can be taken and even large bronze statues. All seem to end up being smelted and quite a lot ends up in China!