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Brass urns stolen from Memorial Gardens
SoVaNow.com / March 20, 2014South Boston Police are investigating the theft of nearly 100 brass vases that were taken from grave sites at Memorial Gardens late last week.
According to Capt. B.K. Lovelace, a family member reported the theft of a brass vase from the grave site of a relative on Thursday, March 13.
Lovelace said members of the Town’s Public Works Department began searching the cemetery, located in the Centerville area, and noticed that every one of the brass vases which had been placed in the cemetery were missing — “probably a hundred,” Lovelace said.
South Boston investigators contacted officers in nearby Mecklenburg County, only to learn that some time between March 11-13 an estimated 131 bronze vases had been stolen from Crestview Memorial Park in South Hill.
“It appears the thefts began around Chesapeake and moved west,” Mecklenburg County Sheriff Bobby Hawkins said. The urns had been taken not only from South Boston and South Hill cemeteries, but also from grave sites in Chesapeake, Prince George and Norfolk.
Assuming that the thief (or thieves) plans to sell the vases for scrap metal, Lovelace said his department has contacted local recycling businesses to see if the stolen items have turned up there. All reported that no one has come to them with a large number of brass or bronze vases.
Mecklenburg County salvage dealers were also contacted, with no success.
“Whoever is dong this is probably going outside our area to sell the metal,” Lovelace said.
He added that brass urns are not used in Oak Ridge cemeteries and most of the other local burial grounds.
The South Boston Police Department is requesting that anyone who may have information about the missing vases please contact Detective Randy Redd at (434)575-7273 or the Halifax Crime Line at (434)476-8445.
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