British Columbia

War memorial stolen from Kelowna cemetery

The stolen plaques were collectively worth thousands of dollars and each one carried the names of over 60 people including Canadian war veterans.

'This theft is very disheartening,' say RCMP

Four of the five bronze plaques, each one honouring over 60 individuals, were stolen from Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Kelowna, between Wednesday night and Thursday morning. (Kelowna RCMP)

Four bronze memorial plaques, one of which was a war memorial, were stolen from a Kelowna cemetery on Thursday  night.

The plaques were collectively worth thousands of dollars and each one carried the names of over 60 people.

"Not only does this crime impact countless families and loved ones of those who were memorialized on the specialized plaques. We are told one of those plaques was a war memorial, which honoured the names of dozens of Canadian veterans," Kelowna RCMP Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey said in a statement.

Thieves took four of five memorial plaques affixed to stone walls at Lakeview Memorial Gardens situated along Dry Valley Road in Kelowna. 

Due to the size of the one metre tall plaques, police say thieves would have required a vehicle to remove them from the cemetery grounds. They would have also needed an implement to pry the bolted bronze from the stone.

Police believe the plaques were taken at some point overnight between 5 p.m. on Wednesday July 17 and 7 a.m. on Thursday July 18.

RCMP are asking any members of the public with information to contact Const. Marshall Slarks of the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300 or Crime Stoppers at www.crimestoppers.net.

The Central Okanagan Mounties have also released a statement asking those responsible for the theft to hand in the stolen bronze,

"Do the proper thing. Turn over the memorial plaques to your nearest police detachment, community policing office or return them.

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