SANFORD, Fla. —Police believe metal thieves are behind the disappearance of several vases in a Sanford cemetery.
Family members showed up to the All Souls Catholic Church cemetery over the weekend to visit their loved ones' grave markers and noticed that many flower vases were gone.
"It's a remembrance for the whole family and it's sad that someone would come in and take that from us," said Tom Kunkel, who has already fixed the damage on his granddaughter's grave.
The vases are mostly made of copper and bronze.
"This is particularly despicable. These are people's loved ones and these are sacred places," said Sanford police Capt. Jim McAuliffe.
The church has security lights in place and is asking police to beef up patrols.
"We pray for them. We hope God will touch their consciences and let them know what they have done and return what they've given and have a change of heart," said Father Richard Voor, from All Souls Catholic Church.
The cemetery is on 25th Street in Sanford, which is busy at all hours of the day.
Authorities hope someone saw something that will help to get these thieves captured.
"When you lose a loved one like this, it's the only thing you have left, and for the small profit you make by stealing them out of the ground, I really can't imagine anyone that desperate," said Kunkel.
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