When thieves burglarized a Michigan plastics fabricator, they probably didn't expect to get away with a 225-pound bronze cannon that dates to 1795. But that's exactly what they found at Edston Plastic Co. in Romulus, Mich., according to the Detroit Free Press. According to the story, the fabricator was making a plastic replica of the cannon. The replica was going to be used as a donation container at a museum. Ed Roberts, owner of Edston Plastic, said the burglars cleaned out his business, taking power tools and several 200-pound boxes of aluminum -- and the cannon. The cannon's owner is offering a $1,000 reward -- about double the scrap value of the weapon, but significantly less than its actual value. When raw material prices are high, I tend to see more stories about plastics companies being robbed of valuable commodities: steel tooling, copper piping, even plastic pallets. Let's just hope the burglars in this case don't decide to use the cannon in their next armed robbery.
Stealing some hefty steel
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