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Brass #soldier stolen from #veterans cemetery, scrapped

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A $36,000 brass soldier that stood guard at the front of a northeast Ohio veterans cemetery for decades was cut off at the ankles, stolen and sold as scrap in bits, leaving the memorial park's caretakers outraged at what they perceive as disrespect toward those buried there. A hand, a rifle and five other pieces of the 4-foot statue were turned over to police by a recycling center this week and then returned to officials at Mahoning Valley Memorial Park, The Vindicator in Youngstown reported. Parts of the statue were scrapped for only about $25, the newspaper said. "What I got back was a bucket full of tiny pieces," said Gary Pollock, who helps oversee the park. He was called by police on Thursday about the pieces of the dismantled bronze statue recovered at the scrapyard, which had a receipt for the metal. Pollock said he was shocked that someone w...

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