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Brass headstone markers stolen; believed to belong to veterans' graves
BREIDABLIK — Kitsap County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the theft of brass headstone plates at a community cemetery north of Poulsbo.
At least some of the plates are believed to have been stolen from the graves of military veterans, sheriff’s spokesman Scott Wilson reported.
A community homeowner’s association president called Kitsap County 9-1-1 on Friday to report the theft of 10 to 15 brass headstone plates from the Breidablik Community Evergreen Cemetery. The cemetery is located near the intersection of Pioneer Way NW and Breidablik Place NW.
The association president is conducting a records check to find next of kin of those persons interred in the cemetery whose graves were desecrated.
The brass headstone markers were stolen from cement pedestal bases at each gravesite. Investigators stated that it appears a pry bar was used to remove the plates and, in some cases, some of the cement pedestal bases were damaged in the process of removing the brass markers.
"It’s not known if the thefts are malicious in nature due to their discovery on Veterans Day, or if they occurred as an attempt to traffic in stolen metals," Wilson reported.
Those dealing in the recycling of metals in the greater Puget Sound region are asked to be watchful for the brass plates, Wilson reported.
Wilson said anyone with information about the thefts should call Kitsap County Central Communications (9-1-1 dispatch) at (360) 308-5400.