Tumwater beer maker’s bronze grave marker stolen

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TUMWATER, Wash. (AP) — Thieves have stolen two bronze urns that marked the graves of Olympia Brewing Company founder Leopold Schmidt and his son in Tumwater.

The urns weigh about 75 pounds each and held fresh flowers as requested by Schmidt before his death in 1914.

The Olympian reports (http://is.gd/zCQolU) the theft was discovered Monday by a steward for the estate near the closed brewery.

Tumwater Foundation Director John Freedman hopes a scrap metal dealer returns them if a thief tries to sell them.

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Information from: The Olympian, http://www.theolympian.com