Aug 4, 2011 3:26 PM by AP Posted by James H Egbert

Sprinkler heads stolen from Wheat Ridge cemetery

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. (AP) - Metal thieves have targeted a cemetery in Wheat Ridge, just months after four people were indicted for stealing metal from the property.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft of $26,000 worth of copper sprinkler heads from Mount Olivett Cemetery over the weekend. Spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said Thursday that the thieves take the metal and sell it to scrap metal yards.

Kelley says four people were indicted last fall for allegedly stealing brass vases and copper sprinkler heads from Mount Olivett and Crown Hill cemeteries in Wheat Ridge as well as other Denver area cemeteries. There are no new suspects in the latest theft.

Authorities believe vase thefts recently reported at Crown Hill were taken last year and are only now being discovered.

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