August 28, 2008

Police Seek Urns Stolen From Union City Cemetery

By Ben Aguirre Jr; The Argus

UNION CITY - Seven bronze urns, one of which contained human remains, were stolen over the weekend from an unlocked mausoleum at Chapel of the Chimes on the Union City and Hayward border, police said.

The urns, shaped to look like books, weigh between 20 and 40 pounds each and could fetch a hefty penny at recycling.

Thieves in recent years have taken a liking to metal, often stealing copper pipes and wiring from buildings, bronze backflow valves in plain sight, and recently a bronze plaque dedicated to the city's fallen police chief William Cann.

Police said the urns taken over the weekend were the latest in a spate of metal thefts.

Anyone with information may call police at 510-471-1365.

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