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enforcement and county officials are on the lookout for thieves who are
targeting local cemeteries and stealing shocking items.
in Tiffin and McCutchenville have been the primary targets for scrappers. Over
the last year, thieves have been stealing the flag holders that mark the graves
brass and steel medallions are issued for every Seneca County veteran, and they
cost the Veterans Services $30 each.
the years, periodically, we would lose one or two," said Mac McAuliffe, director
of the Seneca County Veterans Services. "It became a big year a couple of years
medallions are scrapped for quick cash, but a state law introduced a few years
ago made it illegal to possess them.
essentially desecrating a grave, and it's really an insult," McAuliffe said. "It's
an insult to the veteran; it's an insult to the family."
scrappers are taking the steel rods the medallions are on, or they are trying
to shred the medallions themselves.
say it is difficult to catch the thieves in the act because most cemeteries are
open and unlit, so it's up to local residents to be vigilant, and recyclers
themselves to turn the thieves in.
enough people who are caught doing this serve enough time, other people will
get the idea that this isn't a worthwhile endeavor," said McAuliffe.
can report all stolen veteran flag holders to the Seneca County Veterans
Services at 1-800-820-0189.
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