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Old 10-15-2007, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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Residents returning to their homes in a quiet street in the West Midlands knew something was wrong but could not quite put their finger on it. Or their hands.

It was only when they went to open their doors that they realised the brass handles had been stolen, along with their house numbers.

The thefts are being carried out by organised gangs across the country who are stealing tens of millions of pounds of metal to feed the boom in the construction industry in China and India.

Brass-necked thieves even lift doorknobs - Times Online
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