Police Recover Stolen Sword from Lincoln's Tomb

By WEEK Producer

December 6, 2011 Updated Dec 7, 2011 at 11:06 AM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A 16-year-old boy has been arrested for allegedly stealing a copper sword from a statue atop the Lincoln Tomb in Springfield.

Police say the three foot long copper sword was snapped off at the handle sometime between September and early November.

Acting on a Crimestoppers tip, authorities apprehended the teen Tuesday. They say the boy admitted to grabbing the sword during a visit, causing it to come loose and fall to the ground, breaking into two pieces.

In a panic, he says, he threw the sword into a wooded area behind the Sangamon Center. Upon further questioning he allegedly admitted that, instead, he had hidden the remainder of the sword in a broken down van.

Both pieces of the sword have been recovered.

The suspect faces charges of theft and criminal trespass from a state-supported property.

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