Saturday, December 10, 2011

Proposed bill aims to protect veteran memorials in wake of Valley, New Britain thefts

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Investigations Editor
After a rash of thefts of metal from veterans’ memorials in the Valley and New Britain, U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, D-5, is proposing a bill to make it a federal crime to transport stolen veterans’ memorials, monuments and plaques of any value across state lines.
Murphy announced the proposal Friday at the World War II Veterans Memorial in Kulper Park in New Britain, where thieves last year stole plaques bearing veterans’ names.
Murphy plans to submit the “Protect Veterans’ Memorials Act” on Monday. Murphy said he expects it to get wide support and pass by the end of 2012.

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