THIEF STEALS RODS OFF WASHINGTON MONUMENT (Mar, 1935)

THIEF STEALS RODS OFF WASHINGTON MONUMENT

One of the strangest thefts on record was revealed recently with the reported disappearance of 107 miniature lightning rods that were being substituted for older ones atop the Washington Monument. Apparently an audacious thief had taken advantage of the huge scaffold used in renovating the monument to commit one of the loftiest of burglaries. Plated with gold and tipped with platinum to avoid corrosion, the rods were valued at eight dollars apiece.

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  1. Orv says: February 22, 20087:21 pm

    Metal theft continues to be a huge problem, although these days the usual targets are copper wire and refrigeration coils.

    According to one inflation calculator I found, $8 in 1935 would be the equivalent of $122.69 today, so the thief took the 2008 equivalent of about $13,000.

  2. mickey says: December 5, 200811:55 am

    also, orv, platinum was not realized to be a precious metal at that time, and even the price of gold was very low.

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