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Old 04-10-2019, 08:33 AM   #1
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Unhappy Possible cemetery thief!

My sister stopped to put flowers on my parents grave yesterday. She called me and said the bronze marker is gone. Just a bare spot. She went to the office and they knew nothing about it. Something strange is going on because it was the only one missing in the entire section. I'm stopping by on my way home today and see if there is any new info.
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Old 04-10-2019, 08:35 AM   #2
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that is odd
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Old 04-10-2019, 08:44 AM   #3
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I don't doubt some tweaker would steal from a cemetery.

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Old 04-10-2019, 08:50 AM   #4
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Driving a red Ford............
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Old 04-10-2019, 09:06 AM   #5
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Sell it for scrap. About as low as it gets!
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Old 04-10-2019, 09:11 AM   #6
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I don't doubt some tweaker would steal from a cemetery.

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Sell it for scrap. About as low as it gets!
I would think if it was either of these, they would have grabbed one closer to the road. My parents are a ways off. I'm hoping something like the groundskeeper ran over it and is trying to take care of it without telling anyone.
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Old 04-10-2019, 09:14 AM   #7
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Driving a red Ford............
Have them check security cameras for any TBH sticker sightings.
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Old 04-10-2019, 09:42 AM   #8
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A guy at Restland just called my sister. He claims the marker is there and it has sunk below the surface. My sis said she ain't buying it. They are going to send her pics when they "reset it".
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Old 04-10-2019, 09:45 AM   #9
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Please keep us updated!
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Old 04-10-2019, 09:58 AM   #10
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If what he says is true, they're not maintaining the grounds worth a crap. The marker has been there for a year.
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Old 04-10-2019, 10:08 AM   #11
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Bronze markers are disappearing from cemeteries. They are valuable. Thievery of the lowest level.
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Old 04-10-2019, 10:15 AM   #12
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If they had to dig it up, clean it and reset it, they durn sure did it in a hurry. Already got a pic.
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Old 04-10-2019, 10:19 AM   #13
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it must have got knocked off by accident doing the grass or edging i bet?
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Old 04-10-2019, 10:21 AM   #14
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Honestly we have had a very wet year.
And the patina on the marker definitely points to was buried
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Old 04-10-2019, 10:31 AM   #15
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Bronze markers are disappearing from cemeteries. They are valuable. Thievery of the lowest level.
This maybe. Desecrating a grave site can land you in serious trouble.
If yours is the only 1, and it's not by the edge of cemetery property, which allows quick escape, with something that is very heavy, I would say it's just sunken in.
Most diggers leave a spot at the head of the grave for the stone, some don't and the monument gets set on the backfill. Most cemeteries do not pack the grave.
Within the first yr, you get a lot of settling.
I've dug up a bunch in my day, and had to reset them. I've pulled up 500lbs dies that were 3 foot down in the grave before.
My father used to tell people, wait at least 6 months to set the stone. Nobody does though. They want a marker out there the day after the funeral, then come back crying and complaining, we set it wrong, or it's our fault, it sunk, or is leaned over. (Not implying this is your case).
Flat cemetaries are the worst at upkeep, and they beat markers up pretty good with the mowers. Most of them require that you let them set the stone, not the company you bought it from, and the $8 an hr crackheads they employ, don't care, and generally have no clue what they are doing.

Edit- I see it has been recovered
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Old 04-10-2019, 10:52 AM   #16
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Disaster averted!
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Old 04-10-2019, 11:50 AM   #17
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Where my mom and sister are buried off of 45 north of Houston they Stole over a hundred. The people that buy them off these low life scum are just as guilty.
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Old 04-10-2019, 11:54 AM   #18
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Drama averted!!
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Old 04-10-2019, 11:56 AM   #19
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Glad to hear
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Old 04-10-2019, 12:05 PM   #20
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Drama averted!!
Glad y'all enjoyed it. My sister's were pretty upset about it. I guess I'll just post whats for dinner tonight.
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Old 04-10-2019, 12:17 PM   #21
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Glad y'all enjoyed it. My sister's were pretty upset about it. I guess I'll just post whats for dinner tonight.
Long John Silver or runny eggs?

What did I win?

Glad to hear it wasn't stolen.
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Old 04-10-2019, 12:53 PM   #22
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Grave markers just don't sink. Something is a miss here with them. Thieves usually only steal the bronze flower vase. Clip the chain if it has one and be gone with it. Lugging a marker attached to the stone is not easy to do, very heavy. The only way for it to be pushed underground would be the groundskeeper ran over it with a mower. It is hard to swallow that the ground swallowed it up.
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Old 04-10-2019, 12:57 PM   #23
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I am the President of a Historical Cemetery and the thieves love those markers but before you get going on thieves, see if the marker has sunk into the ground....it may be a few inches below the grass...the cemetery folks should be able to probe for it...we have had some as deep as 6" below the grass as rains and ground movement will let them settle....Good Luck...
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Old 04-10-2019, 01:01 PM   #24
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Sounds like your sister thought they were at the right grave but was mistaken. Sounds like something my wife would do. Glad to hear everything is good.
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Old 04-10-2019, 01:02 PM   #25
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Glad y'all enjoyed it. My sister's were pretty upset about it. I guess I'll just post whats for dinner tonight.



Burger King or Luby's!!!




Glad it was nothing more than a sinking..
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Old 04-10-2019, 01:03 PM   #26
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Grave markers just don't sink. Something is a miss here with them. Thieves usually only steal the bronze flower vase. Clip the chain if it has one and be gone with it. Lugging a marker attached to the stone is not easy to do, very heavy. The only way for it to be pushed underground would be the groundskeeper ran over it with a mower. It is hard to swallow that the ground swallowed it up.
I was thinking mower or with heavier equipment when going in to dig up another plot.
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