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Owners of historically-designated homes in Uptown are on the lookout for thieves. The thieves are not the run of the mill hoodlums but instead are run of the Mills Act burglars.

The thieves are ripping off gold plaques from historically designated homes. Last week, historic plaques were torn from pillars in front of four homes in the Inspiration Heights district of Mission Hills. The thieves also snatched plaques from two homes along Fort Stockton Boulevard and one from the Griswold Building at the corner of Washington Street and Goldfinch.

Mission Hills isn't the only neighborhood that has reported the plundering of plaques.

"Historic plaques have also been stolen from homes in Burlingame and from other older San Diego communities, not to mention the thief of plaques in Presidio Park," reads the warning sent out by community organization, Heart of Kensington.

"There appears to be a mini-crime wave targeting our historic communities and our historic markers."

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Visduh Aug. 2, 2011 @ 2:27 p.m.

Gold plaques? If those are really gold plated, putting them out in public is dumber than stupid. But they're not gold, rather gold in color, usually brass. However in these times, with copper worth over $4.60 a pound, the scrap dealers are paying a handsome price for copper wire, bronze and brass. (Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc.) Some people will do anything to grab a buck.


Dennis Aug. 4, 2011 @ 2:27 p.m.

Probably the same people that were stealing bronze urns from the cemetary about a year ago.


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