Thieves are rarely a compassionate lot, but the ones who swiped over 150 metal maple leaf markers off the graves of Canadian soldiers from a St. Catharines, Ont., cemetery were particularly callous.
As QMI Agency reports, the grave markers, which commemorate the efforts of the men and women who served their country in battle, were reported stolen from the Victoria Lawn Cemetery last week. The Canadian flags that accompanied the markers had been tossed into a careless pile nearby.
"These people don't realize what we did for the world," World War II veteran Harry Dobell, 91, told QMI in response to the thefts. "I feel very mad about it."
Two local men have been charged with one count of theft over $5,000. Dave Jewers, 41, and Chris Brisley, 36, were accused of pilfering the markers—which weigh approximately 2.25 kilograms each and cost up to $50 to make—and selling them for scrap metal.
Although police suspect the thefts took place earlier, the missing markers weren't reported untilRead More »from Soldiers’ grave marker thefts outrage Ontario community