Thieves in Greeneville, Tennessee have been targeting vases in cemeteries and the police are asking for the public’s help to track them down.
Police say the price of scrap metal is what’s driving the thefts. Greenelawn Memory Gardens on Asheville Highway has been hit especially hard over the past two weeks. More than 75 vases have been stolen since February.
Police say it’s been hard trying to catch people stealing the vases because of the size of the cemetery—there are more than three-thousand graves spread across more than 30-acres. They say they have a person of interest and hope to make an arrest soon.
In addition to being charged with theft, those responsible for stealing the vases will be charged with desecrating graves.
State law makes it difficult for vase thieves to get away with their crime. Police say in order to sell the vases, scrap metal dealers require letters on company letterhead. But some are taking the vases out of state to get around that law.
One vase only brings in 10-dollars when sold for scrap, but it costs more than 300 dollars to replace.