Reward Offered in Theft at Rosa Parks' Former Home

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- CrimeStoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information about thefts that heavily damaged the Montgomery apartment complex where Rosa Parks lived when she refused to give up her seat to a white person on a city bus.

CrimeStoppers Director Tony Garrett tells The Montgomery Advertiser ( that officials think someone probably saw copper items being taken from the apartments.

Parks' former apartment and several other now-vacant units are being renovated. Montgomery police said workers discovered the thefts Monday.

Parks' former apartment at 634 Cleveland Court is listed as her address in the 1955 police report following her arrest on the bus. Her refusal to give up her seat in defiance of a Montgomery law sparked a bus boycott and became an enduring symbol of the U.S. Civil Rights movement.