Why would someone do this?

 
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Why would someone do this?

I guess the answer is money, but that seems pretty thin.  After all, how much of a black market trade is there in Legion grave markers?  Emblem Sales sells them for $40, but is that enough to warrant stealing them?

From WBAL:

Less than a week away from Veteran's Day, someone stole more than two dozen military grave makers from a cemetery in Cecil County.

Police are now trying to find the person responsible.

Investigators said the grave markers were stolen sometime in the past three days. A cemetery caretaker made the discovery Tuesday morning.

The Rosebank Cemetery sits off of Telegraph and North East roads in Calvert.

Saturday afternoon, caretakers put miniature American flags on American Legion grave markers, marking the graves of military service members.

By Tuesday, 30 of the grave markers and the flags were gone.

It just seems petty and ridiculous.  My assumption is that it was teens on Halloween who didn't know any better.  It's not an Oceans 11 level heist here.

Taking these is either evil or just ignorant.  I hope they catch whoever it is, and make them not only pay for the ones they took, but have to go out there and put them back up each Veterans Day until they learn exactly how wrong what they did was.

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I agree this was probably done by some prankster. How about take the culprits to the local VA Hospital and have them spend time with vets who are missing legs, arms and eyes? Maybe that will show them what has happened to many of we vets.

To tamper with any grave Military or otherwise should be a felony.

It's been over 3 years & still can't find my parent's Amer. Legion markers. Both my mother's & father's markers were taken just after memorial day. I really would like just them replace.

Unhappily the has been much theft of brass grave markers around the USA. Not only vet markers but any accessible ones. Some body stole the marker from my brothers grave in Memphis some time back. I always blamed the homeless. I'm sure it is mostly for the scrap value. Any way it sucks big time.

Tampering with any grave Military or otherwise should be a FELONY.

Make scrap yards responsible for accepting these items

NO it is not just the parents fault. Other people have more influence on (kids) than parents.

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