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Hall suffers $100K in damage

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Police are blaming the theft of a water sprinkler fitting for an estimated $100,000 in flooding damage to the basement of the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind.

Police say about two inches of water covered the basement floor when workers arrived Monday. Cleanup work is continuing from damage to drywall, carpet and insulation.

Hall director Lisa Klunder told the South Bend Tribune the flooding caused minor damage to some items in its collection.

Police Capt. Phil Trent says the stolen brass fitting would yield about $5 if sold at a scrap-metal yard.

The hall's main floor remained open to the public, despite the damage. The building also had flooding on its main floor in June when someone smashed an outdoor water pipe.