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This 1998 photo shows a marble statue of the 20th president, James A. Garfield, in the center of the James A. Garfield Monument at Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland.

Thieves steal spoons from President Garfield monument

CLEVELAND – Thieves broke into the final resting place of President James A. Garfield and stole a set of commemorative spoons.

Northeast Ohio Media Group (http://bit.ly/1iy5yMr) reports that they shattered a window to get inside the 180-foot-tall monument at Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland Heights. A cemetery worker discovered the theft Wednesday.

The cemetery’s website says Garfield is the only president to have his casket on full display. His casket 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.

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.

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