Vase thieves hit fourth cemetery in two months

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — After hundreds of bronze vases were stolen from three cemeteries in Chesapeake and Virginia Beach last month, police are now investigating a series of vase thefts in Portsmouth.

Detective Misty Holley with Portsmouth Police said so far there have been three reports, involving more than a dozen bronze vases stolen from grave markers at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery on High Street.

All three thefts occurred between April 6 and 15.

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One victim noticed the theft of five vases from the markers of her family members because flowers she had recently placed in vases were no longer there. Another victim discovered his family members’ vases were missing when he went to set out Easter flowers.

For the thefts in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake, police reported hundreds of vases were stolen at a time. So far, the thefts at Evergreen have been reported to include about five vases at a time. However, Holley said detectives have inspected the cemetery and believe more vases may have been taken.

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Detectives are asking for citizen’s who have family members buried at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery to check their families’ grave markers and report any thefts to the Portsmouth Police Department by calling 757-393-5300.

The vases cost between $300 and $350.

Anyone with information about these thefts or the individuals who may be involved is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.


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