Monday, September 20, 2010

Brick Rustling Still Plagues St. Louis, Says New York Times

Posted By on Mon, Sep 20, 2010 at 10:47 AM

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St. Louis brick -- a highly valued commodity among rehabbers in the South -- continues to disappear from from vacant buildings here, especially up in Alderman Samuel Moore's Fourth Ward, according to Sunday's New York Times:
Mr. Moore, who is drafting a bill that would increase the penalties for brick theft, said that while many thieves still used cables and picks to collapse a wall, arson had become the tool of choice. Thieves even set fire to wood-frame homes to create a diversion. Firefighters often knock down walls, making it easier for thieves to harvest the bricks.
Read the full story by ex-RFT staffer Malcolm Gay here.

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