Friday, October 16, 2009

10 Bronze Gates Stolen From Columbus OH Mausoleum

Authorities think salvage thieves may have been responsible for the theft of 10 Bronze gates that were inside a Historic1927 Mausoleum in Columbus Ohio. The structure was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.

The bronze gates weighed 50 pounds each. The gates were stolen from the Green Lawn Abbey in Columbus early Monday.

Thieves broke a historic Stained Glass window to gain entry into the two-story mausoleum.

Its possible that someone could attempt to sell these outside the Columbus area like Cincinnati.
Anyone with information about the thefts can contact the sheriff's office detective bureau at 614-462-3350 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-8477.


Karen Anne said...

There is a photo of a gate at

Scrap dealers have a lot to answer for, imho. Houses wouldn't be being broken into left and right and the plumbing ripped out, and other thefts of historic materials wouldn't be happening, if they weren't buying from crooks.

If I were a scrap dealer, I wouldn't buy a thing without taking a thumbprint. I know this is a minor effort thing, since I had it done at a bank once. It ought to be the law everywhere for scrap sales.

Paul Wilham said...

Ohio and Cincinnati have some of the most lax laws concerning scrap dealers. In many states a state ID or drivers liscense , vehicle license plate number and thumbprint are required to sell to a scrap dealer. It goes on a form. Some dealers even take a photo.

Some jurisictions have actually banned the scrapping of A/C and refrigeration equipment except by registered contractors.

Cincinnati needs to put some real teeth in its salvage laws!