St. Louis brick
-- a highly valued commodity among rehabbers in the South -- continues to disappear from from vacant buildings here, especially up in Alderman Samuel Moore's Fourth Ward
, according to Sunday's New York Times
Mr. Moore, who is drafting a bill that would increase the penalties for brick theft, said that while many thieves still used cables and picks to collapse a wall, arson had become the tool of choice. Thieves even set fire to wood-frame homes to create a diversion. Firefighters often knock down walls, making it easier for thieves to harvest the bricks.
Read the full story by ex-RFT
staffer Malcolm Gay here