November 13, 2012

Memorial vases stolen from dozens of Portland gravesites

Sixty bronze memorial vases, worth about $12,000, were allegedly taken.

By Dennis Hoey
Staff Writer

PORTLAND — Portland police are investigating the theft of 60 bronze memorial vases from the Brooklawn Memorial Park and Crematory.

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The city provided the above photo, which some of the stolen vases may look like. Portland police are encouraging anyone with information about the thefts to contact the department.

Lt. Scott Pelletier, a spokesman for the police department, said the memorial vases are valued at about $12,000.

Pelletier said the vases were removed from gravesites – a few were military veterans’ graves – sometime between Wednesday, Nov. 7, and Monday, Veterans Day. Each vase weighs about 10 pounds and has its own unique shape.

Pelletier said the thieves will likely melt the bronze and sell it for scrap. About two years ago, Portland police investigated another rash of bronze memorial vase thefts from Brooklawn Memorial.

The Portland Police Department is asking the public for help in identifying the thieves, and encourages anyone with information about the thefts to contact the department at 207-874-8533.

Brooklawn Memorial Park, which is privately owned and operated, is located at 2002 Congress St.

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