Vandals steal bronze medallions American Legion provides for veteran gravestones

 
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Vandals steal bronze medallions American Legion provides for veteran gravestones

There really are people out there with zero shame:

LaPorte [Indiana] veterans are rallying to raise money to replace more than 300 bronze medallions taken from veterans' graves in Patton Cemetery.

''People don't have any morals anymore, apparently,'' said James Hiles, financial officer for the American Legion Post 83 in LaPorte.

The bronze medallions listing the war and branch of service a veteran served are pulled out of gravesites. The thieves are then separating the bronze medallion from a brass fitting that holds it in place, selling the brass piece and throwing away the bronze medallion, police suspect.

 

Hiles speculates the medallions are discarded because, despite bronze having value, a scrap dealer might alert police if someone is trying to sell such military items.

I can't even fathom how someone could do this. 

If you want to make a donation to help the post replace the markers:

Donations can be dropped off or mailed to American Legion Post 83, 228 E. Lincolnway, LaPorte, IN 46350.

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This seems to be happening everywhere my dads, WWII Vet was 'taken' from his grave site in Framingham MA. A person(s) taking these is one thing butbthe metal dealers accepting them when they know darn well what and where they came from is worse!!

Even if the brass and bronze parts are being separated, the police should enter a Scrap Theft Alert. Reputable metal recyclers don't want stolen items, especially something stolen from graves. But they might not recognize what the pieces are.
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) operates Scrap Theft Alert, and law enforcement agencies can enter stolen items into the system so recyclers who use it can get a heads-up about thefts. Recyclers can enter suspicious items when an attempted sale "just doesn't look right." STA has resulted in many recoveries, and the arrest and prosecution of thieves.
Or maybe a disgusted family member will read an article in the local newspaper, and turn in the thieves. Either way, here's hoping the jackwagons get caught and "sent up the river" for awhile.

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