March 16, 2015 | OrlandoSentinel.com
In the February and March of this year, about 300 bronze vases were taken from graves at the Woodlawn Memorial Park and Funeral Home in west Orange County.
The total value of the stolen vases stolen from cemetery is estimated to be worth $13,500. These thefts set off an alert to law-enforcement and also to scrap metal buyers within 150 miles of Woodlawn in a hope they could assist deputies in finding the thieves and stop the illegal sell of the desirable metal.
“It’s very sad that thieves are preying on gravesites,” said Tracy Huggins, general manager at Woodlawn. “The price of metal continues to rise so theft of those metals becomes apparent.”
The bronze scrap value can be around $1.40 a pound, according to Florida Recyclers Association president Rose Mock. Therefore, if each vase weighs about 7 pounds, they are worth about nearly $10 as scrape.
“People steal all kinds of things if they think there’s value to it,” Mock said.
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Heaven Sent Memorials vases (pat. pend.) have a number of advantages, in particular, because they are made of PVC they are far less likely to be a target of theft.
Additionally, they are able to be used with flat markers or any angle headstone. And when paired with our exclusive foam inserts they (1) hold our bouquets firm during windy days, and (2) resist water buildup which means less mosquito breeding grounds.
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