Copper ripped from historic Kansas theater

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PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — Someone worked hard to steal copper fixtures from a historic southeast Kansas theater, and a theater official worked just as hard to track the items down.

The Joplin Globe reports (http://bit.ly/133RTXU ) Colonial Fox Theatre executive director Vonnie Corsini noticed copper gutters, ornamental boxes and brackets missing from the Pittsburg building’s exterior Tuesday.

Corsini says a thief would have needed at least a 20- or 30-foot extension ladder to reach the fixtures.

Calls to area salvage yards led Corsini to a scrap metal business in Columbus, where the owner reported paying $280 for the stolen fixtures.

The Colonial Fox is being renovated, and Corsini had bought the items for $2,300 a few years ago when another historic building in Pittsburg was demolished.

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Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com

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