Pa. cemetery bronze vases worth $17,000 stolen

October 30, 2013 7:04:18 AM PDT
Authorities say that for the second time in four years, bronze vases worth thousands of dollars have been stolen from a central Pennsylvania cemetery.

Police in Manheim Township in Lancaster County say 85 vases were taken over the weekend from grave markers at Conestoga Memorial Cemetery in Lancaster Township.

Manheim Township Sgt. Tom Rudzinski told the (Lancaster) Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era that the vases were valued at $200 each, making the total loss $17,000.

Tammy Eshelman, one of the cemetery's managers, said insurance doesn't cover the thefts, but officials are looking for vases made from cheaper material that families could use to replace the ones that were stolen.

Conestoga Memorial previously sold all its cheaper vases after 37 bronze vases were stolen at the cemetery in March 2010.