Thieves steal vases from graves in KC-area cemeteries


LOVED ONES GO TO REST. STACEY: ACROSS THESE ROLLING FIELDS IN KCK, FOLKS LIKE MILDRED, HENRY AND JIM’S MOTHER –>>MARION CORDONIER. STACEY: — ARE LAID TO REST.>>I DREAM ABOUT HER ALL THE TIME.>>IT’S A BEAUTIFUL SPOT. STACEY: A SPOT WHERE GRAVESTONE FLOWERS, FAMILIAR PRAYERS AND THE GENTLE BREEZE PROVIDE A FINAL PEACE THAT’S NORMALLY ONLY BROKEN BY A BIRD’S SONG. BUT AT CHAPEL HILL AND OTHER RESTING GROUNDS ACROSS THE METRO, FUNERAL DIRECTOR JOEL BRINKLEY SAYS THIEVES ARE TAKING THAT PEACE.>>YOU WOULDN’T EXPECT SOMEONE TO COME OUT AND STEAL SOMETHING OFF SOMEBODY’S GRAVE. STACEY: SWIPING FLOWER VASES. LEAVING A HOLE IN THE HEART OF NOT JUST ONE GRAVE.>>SEVERAL HUNDRED THAT HAVE GONE MISSING. STACEY: AND SELLING THE SCRAP COPPER AND BRONZE FOR A PROFIT.>>IT’S INCREDIBLY COLD HEARTED. STACEY: FOR NOW, CHAPEL HILL IS PAYING TO REPLACE THEM.>>THAT’S ABOUT A $250 ITEM. STACEY: AND PREPARING TO HIRE SECURITY GUARDS. A NECESSARY MOVE BRINKLEY FEARS COULD DRIVE AWAY THE SERENITY THAT FOLKS LIKE JOHN CHERISH –>>IT’S NICE THERE’S NO STONES ABOVE GROUND. STACEY: — WHEN VISITING THE BELOVED.

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