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Metal thieves vandalize Ontario cemetery

January 30, 2012 |  9:40 am

Metal thieves vandalize cemeteryPolice in Ontario are asking for the public's help in tracking down two people who tried to steal headstones from a cemetery.

Police were called to Bellevue Memorial Park at 1240 West G Street on Jan. 22 when two people were seen carrying two large headstones through the cemetery.

When officers arrived, the thieves fled, leaving the broken headstones behind. Police found three cemetery plots with damage that appeared to have been done when the headstones were removed.

They also found two small copper/brass plaques that had been removed from the headstones.

Authorities believe the thieves planned to steal the plaques to sell as scrap metal. The price of scrap metal has been on the rise since last year.

The thieves could get between $8 and $10 for the plaques at a recycling center, police said.

It wasn't the first time the cemetery had been broken into and vandalized. On Dec. 18, thieves broke into the memorial park's mausoleum and shattered the fronts of five crematory glass vaults.

They stole jewelry and personal belongings from inside the vaults.

Anyone with information is asked to call Ontario police at (909) 395-2941.

-- KTLA-TV Channel 5

Photo: Bellevue Memorial Park in Ontario has been vandalized twice since December. Credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5