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Scrappers target historic Detroit cemetery

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Scrappers are targeting an historic cemetery in southwest Detroit. They've been stealing copper doors and other items from mausoleums at Woodmere Cemetery.

Click on the video player to watch Ronnie Dahl's live report.

They're the final resting place for beloved mothers, fathers, sons and daughters. Now, several mausoleums are vandalized, damaged by disrespectful thieves.

Pat Krause contacted Fox 2 after a recent visit to the historic cemetery, heartbroken and disgusted about what she discovered.

"I always enjoy looking at mausoleums because they're so beautiful," she said. "As I was passing yesterday, I noticed the doors missing, I stopped, and noticed the insides vandalized as well."

Woodmere Cemetery dates back to 1867. Some of Detroit's most prominent families are buried here. Their crypts sat untouched for decades, until now. We discovered broken windows, smashed marble and doors to more than a dozen graves stolen, most likely for scrap.




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