Police investigating bronze theft

Police investigating bronze theft
Lisa Cassidy/Daily News staff
Someone stole a bronze sign from Temple Beth Israel Memorial Park in
By Joyce Kelly/Daily News staff
Daily News Tribune
Posted Apr 05, 2010 @ 02:01 AM

Police are investigating the theft of a bronze plaque marking the
Temple Beth Israel Memorial Park cemetery off of South Street, said
Detective Capt. Bill Stanton.

Waltham detectives are working with police in other cities and towns
to get leads, he said, “because we are not the only ones” targeted for
bronze thefts.

The plaque was reported stolen on last Monday, he said.

The theft angered Mayor Jeannette McCarthy. “It’s outrageous – robbing
graves in public places. I hope there’s no market for it,” she said.

Whatever the monetary value may be, such items are “priceless to
mourners,” she said. No one could be reached for comment at Temple
Beth Israel Friday.

McCarthy said she will close the park gate at dusk.

She said she has received reports of bronze thefts, and attempted
thefts, around the city recently.

Someone also tried to steal the bronze plaque off the monument at Bank
Square on Main Street, as evidenced by wedge marks, but was
unsuccessful, she said.

“This is the new wave. They’ll take the silver out of your mouth,”
said McCarthy.

Waltham Historical Commission Chairwoman Angie Emberly said she is in
regular communication with police over the spate of thefts in Waltham
and beyond in communities such as Belmont, Watertown and Boston.

She said it was Bill Durkee who first noticed that someone tried to
pry the plaque off the Bank Square monument, which honors Civil War
Gen. Nathaniel Banks.

Durkee, Community Preservation Committee program manager, was taking a
walk on Main Street when he saw the marks on the plaque, she said.

On March 20, a thief or thieves also stole a brass doorknocker at the
Gore Place mansion at 52 Gore St., Emberly said.

They damaged the other knocker while trying to steal it, but couldn’t
get it off, she said.

“It is believed to be the original doorknocker from the 1800s, and
(will cost) $700 to $1,000 to replace,” Emberly said.

Emberly said she is “distressed” that historical materials around the
city are being stolen and targeted for theft.

“These are Waltham’s treasures. They’re there for a reason, because
they’re historically significant. Any kind of thievery is very bad.
These people are taking something of value, even if it’s not
monetary,” Emberly said.

In a similar case of bronze theft, police last Tuesday arrested 52-
year-old Newton resident Vincent Cedrone, on charges of receiving
stolen property.

On that day at about 4 p.m., Newton Police detectives received
surveillance video dated March 21, from Belmont Police, according
District Attorney Gerard Leone Jr. spokeswoman Cara O’Brien.

The video showed someone stealing a plaque from the Belmont Town Hall
Annex building, she said. Police were able to identify the suspect in
the video as Cedrone and issued an arrested warrant, O’Brien said.

Police arrested Cedrone later that night at his home. During their
investigation, police said they located seven plaques, six known to
have been stolen from the city of Boston.

Cedrone pleaded not guilty at his Wednesday arraignment in Newton
District Court, and was ordered held on $2,500 cash bail. His next
court date is May 10 for pretrial conference.

Joyce Kelly can be reached at 781-398-8005 or jke…@cnc.com.
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