Metal taken from Conn. home once burned by British

Posted Aug. 10, 2011, at 10:33 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 11, 2011, at 11 a.m.

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — A historic mansion in Connecticut that was burned by the British in the Revolutionary War has suffered another injustice — the theft of all its copper downspouts.

The Connecticut Post reports that downspouts at the Burr Homestead in Fairfield were reported stolen on Tuesday. Police believe the thieves were interested in selling the copper for scrap metal. The 100 feet of downspouts were worth an estimated $5,000.

Patriot John Hancock was married at the mansion in 1775. It was burned by the British during a raid in 1779 and rebuilt in 1790. It was the home of Thaddeus Burr, uncle of Vice President Aaron Burr.

Police are looking for suspects in a series of copper thefts in Fairfield over the past several months.

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Information from: Connecticut Post, http://www.connpost.com

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