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Theft reported at monument of President James Garfield

The James Garfield Monument at Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. The casket of the nation's 20th president, located inside the monument, was broken into last week. CBS affiliate WOIO

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio - Police are seeking suspects after someone broke in and stole items from the James Garfield Monument at Lake View Cemetery, reports CBS affiliate WOIO.

Early Wednesday morning in Cleveland Heights, a cemetery employee found the monument door open and roughly two dozen demitasse spoons and teaspoons missing, according to the station. A lock was also missing and pieces of glass were scattered around the scene, officers said.

The cemetery's website says Garfield is the only president to have his casket on full display. It is located near the glass case from which the spoons were stolen. His wife's casket is next to his.

Police reports say cigarette butts, a T-shirt and a whiskey bottle were recovered. WOIO reports that a fingerprint was found and is being investigated.

Police have not identified any suspects. According to the station, cemetery management told authorities about an ex-employee who had been acting strangely.

Garfield, the nation's 20th president, was born in the Cleveland suburb of Moreland Hills. He was assassinated and served just 200 days in office.

  • Crimesider Staff

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