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Family members: Items stolen from Franklin Co., IL cemetery

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ORIENT, IL (KFVS) -

Items have gone missing from grave sites at a cemetery in Franklin County, Illinois, and family members are saying the items were stolen.

Orient, Ill. native Rocky S. said statues, flowers and other items have gone missing from his parents grave site at Denning Cemetery.

“My brother came out one day and he put lights all the way around it," Rocky said. "The next day they was gone. We put flowers all over it, the next day they was gone.”

Rocky is retired and visits the cemetery every day.

“Just whatever you put on it, mostly they steal it," Rocky said. “It’s not right, it’s sacred ground.”

Cemetery Manager Pete Wiekwitz said he's not aware of any thefts from grave sites. He did however say clearly marked signs read not to have any items on the ground during mowing season and any broken items on the ground will be thrown away.

Workers from Stone Monuments of West Frankfort say they’ve not been called to replace missing items here, but say it’s not uncommon

Workers said vases and markers made from aluminum, brass and granite are high priced items. Cemeteries like Denning are full of them. However, those same items for scrap are typically worth pennies on the dollar.

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