US copper thieves steal sword at Abraham Lincoln’s tomb

November 14th, 2011 - 9:18 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Chicago, Nov 14 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Authorities say thieves have stolen the copper sword that was attached to the statue of former US President Abraham Lincoln. Detectives say the thieves cut the sword from the handle.

This is the second time that the sword has been stolen from the site. In 1890, the first sword which was placed at the burial site was stolen by thieves but it was replaced later. The replaced-sword was made of bronze but the authorities replaced it with copper to prevent re-occurrence of the incident.

The spokesperson of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Dave Blanchette, told reporters that, “We just cannot imagine why someone would even think about doing it, let alone climb up the steps and actually do it.”

Officials believe the thieves broke to the site of the burial at the close of work. Repair of the statue is currently underway to restore the statue.

Abraham Lincoln is one of the most revered political leaders in the history of the United States. He was shot and killed in April 1865. His death came just days after the surrender of the southern military forces.

When he was killed, Lincoln was 56 years of age.

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