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Vases stolen from Batesburg-Leesville Cemetery

Jun 28, 2011 6:38:00 PM - thestate.com
“There’s nothing lower than someone who steals from the dead,” said Landis Price, the general manager of the Ridge Crest Memorial Park in Batesburg-Leesville.

He called police Tuesday after a family warned him that someone had stolen the bronze flower vase at their loved one’s grave site and they noticed that there were “‘a lot of vases missing out here,’” he said.

The first Price heard of the problem was Saturday, when a gentleman who visits his wife’s crypt at the cemetery nearly every day reported a missing vase at the mausoleum.

In all, 68 bronze vases were stolen from the cemetery, authorities said.

Price speculates someone hopes to turn a quick buck selling them to a non-reputable salvage company. Bronze is alloy of copper (about 88 percent) and tin (22 percent). The rising value of copper has led to a rash of copper thefts in recent months.

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