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More bronze memorials stolen from an Okanagan cemetery

Six memorial plaques were recently discovered stolen from headstones in Naramata Cemetery.
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October 09, 2019 - 3:40 PM

More bronze gravemarkers have been stolen, presumably for scrap metal sales, this time in Naramata. 

The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen and Penticton RCMP are seeking information following the theft of several bronze memorials stolen from Naramata Cemetery.

The regional district says it is contacting families affected by the thefts of the memorials, some of which date back to 1940.

Six bronze plaques commemorating eight individuals were taken from their headstones.

The thefts were discovered Sept. 27.

“The RDOS will help facilitate the replacement of the stolen memorials,” Naramata Director and RDOS Chair Karla Kozakevich said in a press release issued this afternoon, Oct. 9.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Penticton RCMP at: 250-492-4300.

Crews are increasing monitoring at the Naramata Cemetery. Residents are also asked to report any suspicious activity.

Fifty-three grave markers were recently stolen from Westbank Cemetery. The cost to replace them is estimated to be as much as $100,000. Many of them were returned but not before they were partially destroyed. 

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