Thieves steal $25,000 in bronze from Spokane cemeteries

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by Crime Stoppers

KREM.com

Posted on August 11, 2010 at 6:24 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 11 at 6:24 PM

SPOKANE -- Two Spokane cemeteries have lost as much as $25,000 worth of brass flower pots and urns to a thief in the past three weeks.

During the weekend of July 24, a suspect or suspects stole 50 14x18-inch bronze flower pots from Spokane Memorial Gardens at 5909 S. Cheney-Spokane Road.  The theft occurred between 5 p.m. the 24 and 8 a.m. July 27.  A cemetery employee placed the loss at $9,000.

Between 4 p.m. August 6 and 8 a.m. August 9, someone stole 270 six-inch bronze vases from the Niches and Crypts areas of Greenwood Memorial Terrace at 211 N. Government Way.  A representative said the loss would be at least $15,000 and could be substantially higher depending on the cost to ship replacements.

In both thefts, a vehicle would have been required to haul away the bronze items due to their weight.  Investigators believe the items were stolen to be sold as scrap metal.

Anyone with information about either theft is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or at 327-5111.  Tipsters do not have to give their names to collect the cash fugitive reward.

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