Vase thieves strike Lithonia cemetery again

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LITHONIA, Ga. - A Lithonia man is upset after someone stole vases from the graves of his loved ones.

Dan Rose told Channel 2’s Eric Philips he was caught off guard when he came to Hillandale Cemetery in DeKalb County to put flowers on the graves of his mother, brother and cousin last week and found that the vases were gone.

“When you come out to bring out flowers for your family, you expect the vases to be there, and they’re not,” Rose said.

The bronze vases had been on the graves for decades before they were taken.

Rose said he suspects someone stole the vases and he reported the incident to cemetery management.

“When I confronted them and asked them about it, (management said) ‘Well, that happens.’ Well, it shouldn’t happen,” Rose said.

This is not the first time vases at the Hillandale Cemetery have been taken. Last December, three men were arrested on charges of taking 120 vases from the cemetery to a recycling facility in Gwinnett County.

Cemetery management said as much as they denounce the thefts, they’re not responsible for replacing the vases. They do offer zinc vases in the office for $30. Extended family members put those on the graves of Rose’s uncle and cousin. He opted against that option for his mother and brothers.

“You try hard and you want to do what’s right, but people come up and snatch it up like it’s nothing to them at all, and obviously, it wasn’t,” Rose said.



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