Thieves may be selling historical markers as scrap metal

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Berkeley County Historical Society said Monday that at least five historical markers have either been stolen or vandalized.

Authorities say the thieves may be selling the aluminum signs as scrap metal.

The society says markers were stolen from the Strawberry Chapel, Francis Marion's grave site and a street in the middle of Moncks Corner.

"They're desperate I guess. They have no sense of community pride to do something like this," said Berkeley County Historical Society member Ann Yarborough.

Signs were vandalized at Biggings Church and Wassamassaw Church.

"It's hard to imagine somebody that lives in Berkeley County has no sense of pride and allegiance to their community would try to gut a symbol like this," said Goose Creek Mayor Michael Heitzler.

Heitzler said the Wassamassaw Church marker cost $1,850 to make and was paid for with tax dollars.

A good samaritan repaired the sign for free.

Authorities are not sure if the same people are responsible for all five incidents.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.

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