Illinois (The Northwest Herald) – Copper thieves have struck at Lincoln’s Tomb in Springfield.
An employee recently noticed that a copper statue atop the tomb was missing a 3-foot-long sword. The statue is of a Civil War artillery officer.
The sword was allegedly taken sometime between September and early November. It was broken at the handle.
The rest of the statue escaped significant damage.
Dave Blanchette is spokesman for the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. He tells the (Springfield) State Journal-Register that the theft is believed to be the first to state property at the Lincoln Tomb Historic Site since 1890, when the same sword was stolen.
State officials plan to repair the statue.
A guard used to be stationed at the tomb overnight, but Blanchette says the position was cut amid budget problems.