Stolen Bricks a Problem in St. Louis

1 decade 9 months 3 days ago Thursday, August 23 2007 Aug 23, 2007 Thursday, August 23, 2007 1:30:50 PM CDT August 23, 2007 in News
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Some abandoned buildings in St. Louis are the targets of thieves -- brick thieves. St. Louis bricks, known for their color and quality, are especially coveted for the charm they can add to new construction. But over the last four years, as the price for used brick has gone up, illegal salvage operations have started stealing bricks to sell. Alderman Sam Moore tells KSDK-TV the city loses money when bricks are stolen. But his bigger concern is the stability of shells left behind after brick rustlers pick apart the building. Moore says brick thieves sometimes set fire to old buildings, knowing that when firefighters hose down the bricks, it makes them cleaner and easier to sell.

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