Grave Robber Strikes Spokane
SPOKANE, Wash .- 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 24th, 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 24th and 8 a.m. July 27th, and a cemetery employee placed the loss at $9,000.
Between 4 p.m. August 6th and 8 a.m. August 9th, 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 name to collect the cash fugitive reward.
Look for more on this story tonight on KHQ Local News at 5 and 6.
Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is a civilian organization that promotes public safety by paying cash rewards for information that solves crimes. It is not affiliated with law enforcement.
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