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Police probe theft from apartment where Rosa Parks lived when she refused to give up bus seat

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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