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Smith Co. Sheriff’s Office investigating cemetery thefts

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If you look a little closer you can see how flowers have been placed inside the empty holes and where some have even been damaged.  (Source: KLTV Staff) If you look a little closer you can see how flowers have been placed inside the empty holes and where some have even been damaged. (Source: KLTV Staff)
About every two months Nellie Luce says she makes her way through Memorial Park Cemetery to pay her respects.  (Source: KLTV Staff) About every two months Nellie Luce says she makes her way through Memorial Park Cemetery to pay her respects. (Source: KLTV Staff)
The Smith County Sheriff's Office is still investigating the thefts but have no strong leads at this time. (Source: KLTV Staff) The Smith County Sheriff's Office is still investigating the thefts but have no strong leads at this time. (Source: KLTV Staff)
SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

 About every two months Nellie Luce says she makes her way through Memorial Park Cemetery to pay her respects.

Eight of her relatives are buried here, including her mother, father and three brothers.

Last Saturday Luce said she noticed something different about their headstones.

"The vases were all gone," said Luce.

Throughout the cemetery you can see several headstones with bronze vases fully intact.

If you look a little closer you can see how flowers have been placed inside the empty holes and where some have even been damaged.

"You just get mad, first, because someone's got nerve to steal your property in the first place. Then it's your loved ones' graves, then it's heart-breaking," Luce said.

Luce says she hasn't personally filed a report.

According to the Smith County Sheriff's Office, a cemetery grounds keeper reported the stolen vases on April 14.

At that time, they estimated more than 30 damaged headstones, including eight of Luce's family members.

Authorities say that after the initial report, they haven't had any new reports of damaged headstones from the cemetery.

The Smith County Sheriff's Office is still investigating the thefts, but have no strong leads at this time.

"What it boils down to is they're just thieves, they don't want to work," Luce said.

The cemetery general manager is out of town and was unavailable to comment,

However we are told they have offered to replace the bronze vases with plastic ones at no charge.

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