Brass soldier stolen from Ohio cemetery, scrapped

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Authorities and caretakers say a $36,000 brass soldier that stood guard at a northeast Ohio veterans cemetery for decades was cut off at the ankles, stolen and sold as scrap in bits.

The Vindicator in Youngstown (http://bit.ly/10XrBCT ) reports Mahoning Valley Memorial Park caretakers are outraged at what they perceive as an act of disrespect toward those buried there.

A hand, a rifle and five other pieces of the 4-foot statue were turned over to police by a recycling center this week. The newspaper says parts of the statue were scrapped for only about $25.

A bronze memorial marker also is missing. A veteran's widow first noticed the vandalism when she went to visit her husband's grave and noticed the marker was gone.

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Information from: The Vindicator, http://www.vindy.com

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