Burlington County, NJ (WTXF) - Grave markers are meant to show gratitude for the veterans who served this country with honor. Police say a number of them have been stolen from multiple Burlington County cemeteries.
"It's absolutely despicable."
Burlington County Freeholder Ryan Peters, a Navy SEAL with deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, is outraged that someone has been stealing veteran flag holders on grave sites from cemeteries in Mount Holly, Hainsport and Lumberton.
"When they're pulling the grave markers out, they're leaving the flag on the ground. That in itself angers me," he told FOX 29. "Then, when you're taking the brass grave marker that we're using to mark this grave site. It is absolutely frustrating the say the least."
Police say about 250 of them were taken in the past month with a couple hundred others disappearing last year from cemeteries in Cinnaminson and Burlington Township. At 37 bucks a piece, the county pays for 800 of them each year to honor our veterans.
It's likely the thieves are selling the brass to scrap metal dealers. So far, no arrests have been made.