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Grave Markers Stolen from Downey Cemetery

Several Bronze Grave markers were Stolen from Downey Cemetery Early Wednesday Morning. Police Think the Thieves Were After the Bronze Used in the Markers

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    Orange Cones now Sit Where Stolen Bronze Cemetery Markers Used To Be

    The historic Downey Cemetery now has orange cones marking the spots where gravestones used to be.

    Police say thieves dub up about a dozen cement grave markers with bronze name plates, in order to recycle the metal, which is worth up to two dollars a pound.

    Grave Markers Stolen from Downey Cemetery

    [LA] Grave Markers Stolen from Downey Cemetery
    Early Wednesday morning Several bronze grave markers were stolen from Downey Cemetery. Police think the thieves were after the bronze metal used in the markers. (Published Wednesday, March 30, 2011)

    Neighbors called police after spotting the suspects working in the fog around seven this morning.

    At least four headstones are missing, and about ten more were dug up. Now city maintenance workers are removing the vandalized grave markers because they're worried the thieves plan to return for them.

    Police say metal thefts are on the rise.

    "It could be a sign that people are finding an easy way to make an easy buck," according to Sgt. Brian Baker, of the Downey Police Dept

    The graveyard thieves got away in a black "lifted" Chevrolet Silverado with a black camper shell.

    One suspect is 6' 3" weighing 300 pounds. the other is 5' 8" and 250 pounds. Both were wearing white shirts and grey shorts.