Thieves steal 200 veteran grave markers

May 29, 2012 at 5:32 PM
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., May 29 (UPI) -- Police said Tuesday they were investigating the theft of 200 bronze stars from the graves of veterans across three Minnesota cemeteries.

Loved ones typically place flags on the stars on Memorial Day, but last weekend, many could not do so.

"I think it's just ridiculous," said widowed Kathandra Taylor. "I mean, these people fight for our freedoms and look what they get in return."

Isanti County sheriff's investigators told KSMP-TV, Eden Prairie, Minn., thieves may have sold the metal. The local Veterans Affairs office said it cannot afford to replace all the stars, which cost $20 each.

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