Cemetery to install cameras after 400 wreaths stolen from veterans’ graves

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NEW CASTLE, Ind. (Dec. 24, 2014)-- The Mayor of New Castle told FOX59 that surveillance cameras would be placed on the grounds of a town cemetery after someone stole 400 holiday wreaths off the graves of veterans.

Mayor Greg York said a local man and his family handmade the small wreaths for all the veterans buried at South Mound Cemetery. He had planned to have them picked up after Christmas so they could be re-used next year.

“The cemetery thought that he'd taken them up and he thought the cemetery had taken them up,” explained York. "I don't have any idea why anybody would want to steal 400 wreaths off of veterans' graves."

"No one knows what happened to them. They just all disappeared," said American Legion Post 137 member Dick Masters who had been talking about the incident all morning with other legion members. "To do something like this is just unforgivable."

York said the gates at the cemetery are locked at night. At this point, there are no leads as to who may have swiped the wreaths.

"I don't know how desperate someone would have to be to steal from someone's grave. It is embarrassing for us,” said York. "We certainly are going to put cameras up in the cemetery. It's a shame to have to go to that point, but we are gonna try to correct it and try to make whoever stole them, try to make them pay for it."

If you have any information on where the wreaths went, call New Castle police or the Mayor’s office.

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