HARTFORD, Conn. (CBS Connecticut and AP) – Police say a 62-year-old man stole a bronze plaque off a monument honoring one of Hartford’s most well-known natives and sold it to a local scrap yard for just under $50.

Rafael Sanchez was arraigned Monday on charges of second-degree larceny and first-degree criminal mischief in connection with the theft from the Samuel Colt monument at Coltsville National Historical Park.

A park ranger notified police on Sept. 11 that the 1906 landmark was damaged and the 42-pound inlaid bronze plaque of the Colt coat-of-arms was missing.

Sanchez was arrested Friday after the director of the Sam and Elizabeth Colt Industrial and Frontier Heritage Center found the plaque at a scrap yard on Huyshope Avenue.

The public defender representing Sanchez told the judge that his client was a heroin addict.

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