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Stealing From The Dead: Cemetery Reports Gravesite Thefts On The Rise

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NBC Right Now is tracking an uptick in theft from cemeteries. We are looking into how the crimes can be prevented. NBC Right Now is tracking an uptick in theft from cemeteries. We are looking into how the crimes can be prevented.

RICHLAND, WA - NBC Right Now is tracking an uptick in theft from cemeteries. We are looking into how the crimes can be prevented.

The people out at Sunset Memorial Gardens say they are going to put in more security cameras in the future, but for now there is not much they can do. They have a no gate policy. The sign says open from sunup to sundown, but there is not an easy way to catch people who are snatching up lockets, coins, flower pots and other sentimental items. Since Thanksgiving the cemetery front office has seen at least one family a week reporting stolen items from loved ones graves.

"You feel a little violated. People trust us to take care of their loved one," said Patrick Hollick who manages the cemetery at Sunset Memorial Gardens. "I don't know why or for what reason you would come out and take a toy car off a baby's marker, but it takes all kinds to run the world I guess."

The people out here who work at the cemetery hope that the public can help. If you are in the cemetery and you see anything suspicious they ask for you to report it. Until they catch someone it is likely this string of graveyard thefts will just continue.

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