Copper Thieves Strike Historic Connecticut Home

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) – A historic mansion in Connecticut that was burned by the British in the Revolutionary War has suffered another injustice – the theft of all its copper downspouts.

The Connecticut Post reports that the downspouts of the Burr Homestead in Fairfield, where patriot John Hancock was married in 1775, were reported stolen on Tuesday. Police believe the thieves were interested in selling the copper for scrap metal. The 100 feet of downspouts were worth an estimated $5,000.

Police are looking for suspects in a series of copper thefts in Fairfield over the past several months.

The mansion was burned by the British during a raid on Fairfield County in 1779 and rebuilt in 1790. It was the home of Thaddeus Burr, uncle of Vice President Aaron Burr.

Information from: Connecticut Post,

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