Police are investigating the theft of more than 40 bronze memorial flag holders from a Cumberland County cemetery.
Upper Allen Township police said the markers were stolen from the Chestnut Hill Cemetery off West Winding Hill Road in Mechanicsburg sometime overnight on May 16 into May 17.
The holders commemorate military service in the Civil War and World War II and are made of approximately one pound of bronze, police said.
Upper Allen Police Chief James Adams said the markers cost about $60 and he believes the thieves may try and sell them at scrap yards or flea markets. He called the crime a cowardly act of disrespect.
“There are not too many of our relatives left who fought in World War II, and that is what made this country great,” Adams said. “And for people to go to a cemetery and steal a marker that indicates that a person fought in World War II, it's not the value of the marker, it's the significance of it.”
Ray Myers heard of the theft and came to the cemetery to check on his parents' grave. He was disheartened to find a bronze flower vase was gone.
“It is another sign of how people will lower themselves to do these things for a couple bucks,” he said.
Authorities said two suspicious men in their 50′s were seen in the cemetery on May 15, and were in a burgundy older model pickup truck.
Anyone with information may call police at 795-2445 or leave an anonymous tip at 591-3790.