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Brass vases stolen from graves

Posted: July 28, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 28, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Thieves stole at least 13 brass flower vases from graves at a local cemetery, a sheriff’s investigator reports said Wednesday.

It was the latest in a series of valuable metal thefts in the Santa Clarita Valley.

The thefts occurred between 4:30 p.m. Monday and 6 a.m. Tuesday at Eternal Valley Memorial Park & Mortuary on Sierra Highway in Newhall, according to details documented by deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

The vases’ retail value was placed at $125 each or more, bringing the total theft to at least $1,650.

A deputy responding to reports of the incident wrote: “I contacted (an employee) of the Eternal Valley who said that between the indicated dates and times, suspects unknown stole approximately 13 brass vases from cemetery plots over night.

“The (employee) said he doesn’t know who could have stolen the vases.”

The items were stolen from an area inside Eternal Valley that deputies identified as the library located near a back road on the west side of the property.

They also noted: “Copper Eagle Security chased a Jeep and white Mustang from the back road leading to the cemetery on July 25 at 2200 hours.”

About six weeks ago, thieves stole the brass train whistle from the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society’s steam locomotive parked at William S. Hart Park.

In addition, more than a dozen reports have been filed at the local Sheriff’s Station in the last few weeks by car owners reporting catalytic converters stolen from their vehicles.

The smog-reducing devices contain small amounts of platinum, a precious metal.


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