Police probe theft from Rosa Parks' old apartment

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Police say thieves have struck the apartment complex where Rosa Parks lived when she made history by refusing to give up her seat to a white person on a city bus.

Montgomery police Sgt. Denise Barnes said detectives are seeking suspects who ripped and stole copper wiring from Parks' former apartment and six other now-vacant units being renovated. Barnes said workers discovered the thefts Monday. Police believe the crimes happened between 4 p.m. Friday and Monday.

Parks' former apartment at 634 Cleveland Court is listed as her address in the 1955 police report following her arrest on a Montgomery city bus.

Her refusal to give up her seat in defiance of a Montgomery law sparked a yearlong bus boycott and became an enduring symbol of the U.S. Civil Rights movement.

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