Authorities: Stolen Cemetery Vases Possibly Found

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The vases stolen from a Crystal cemetery might have been found by authorities Thursday night, after some park-goers reported some suspicious containers.

Dawn Sommers, a spokesperson for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, said park-goers at the North Mississippi Regional Park reported suspicious containers at the Camden boat launch around 8:45 p.m.

Park police responded and found many bronze vases matching the description of those reported missing from Glen Haven Memorial Garden within the containers.

The vases were sent to the Minneapolis Crime Lab for further investigation, Sommers said.

On Wednesday, Crystal police asked the public’s help in finding bronze vases allegedly stolen from Glen Haven Memorial Garden. At eight pounds each, the vases appear to be disappearing at an alarming rate: more than 100 have been stolen since May 15.

Replacement of the vases, even at wholesale, will cost each affected family about $200. However, cemeteries are offering a replacement plastic version (at no cost) to fill the need created by the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.

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