Griesbach commemorative plaques recovered, but too damaged to salvage
'They are so damaged even the writing on them on most is unreadable'
Most of the nearly 20 commemorative plaques stolen from the Griesbach neighbourhood were recovered Wednesday after they were recognized by a local scrap dealer.
But police say the metal plaques are too damaged to be reinstalled.
"Absolutely none of them are salvageable," said Det. Eric Wilde. "They are so damaged even the writing on them on most is unreadable and none of them are in condition to be remounted and displayed."
"The metals that were brought in were severely defaced, cut up and altered to resemble scrap metal," he said.
"We have to thank the people in the recycling community who recognized the plaques [and] put it together that these pieces of metal were the plaques that were stolen."
Community leaders say they're disappointed.
"We're pretty choked," said Brad Tilley, Griesbach community league president. "We're choked somebody would do that."
Tilley said he's thankful the scrap dealer came forward, so at least people know where the plaques ended up.
Replacing plaques could cost $70,000
Each stolen plaque, placed on a cement-and-brick stand at the end of a street, tells the story of the soldier or battle for which the street was named.
Many honoured the nation's Victoria Cross winners, including John Chipman Kerr and Cecil John Kinross.
Tilley said the community will try to replace the plaques, which police estimate will cost $70,000.
Police have some leads in the case though no arrests have been made, Wilde said.