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Church bronze plaques taken in metal thief heist

MODESTO, Calif. (AP) -- Dozens of bronze plaques have been pried off a memorial wall at a California church.

The small plaques, which featured names of deceased parishioners as well as dates of birth and death, were taken late Saturday or early Sunday from a garden at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Modesto.

The Modesto Bee (http://bit.ly/VtzvE6 ) says they were apparently taken by a metal thief.

The plaques would be worth only a few dollars each.

Detectives who specialize in metal theft have been working with Stanislaus County recyclers in an effort to find thieves.

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Information from: The Modesto Bee, http://www.modbee.com

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