Stolen flowers from the cemetery can happen, especially this time of year

Stephanie IvankovichEditorsivankovich@theperrychief.com
Stolen flowers from the cemetery can happen, especially this time of year

Flowers and other belongings can be stolen from the local cemetery.

Although it’s not often that this happens, it still can, especially around this time of year.

Richard Steadman, Violet Hill Cemetery supervisor, said that every once in awhile he gets those calls.

“We’ve never actually caught anyone in the act of taking flowers, but, people have come in and said that flowers are taken by somebody,” Steadman said. “We always tell them to call the PD and file a complaint.”

Eric Vaughn, police chief of the Perry Police Department, said that he hasn’t received those calls recently.

“If someone could get a description of a person taking them or a vehicle description, we would follow up,” Vaughn said. “But if you place something on a loved one’s grave marker or anything like that and you go back in a couple days and it’s gone - the first thing I would do is check with the cemetery office.”

Sometimes stolen flowers are mistaken for flowers that have been blown away in the wind, he continued.

“Sometimes we will recover flowers after a windstorm,” the supervisor said. “Do we have a huge number of those? No.”

Typically flowers stay for at least seven days before they are cleaned up.

“However, we haven’t touched anything since Memorial Day,” he said. “That will be coming up soon.”

In other cemetery business, Steadman said that people should not bring any live ammunition to the graveyard.

“We found three shells laying the cemetery,” he said. “They haven’t been put through a gun or anything.”

Steadman said he and other Violet Hill staff don’t know if people throw them out or if people put them on graves.

“The grass is where they are at,” he said. “If the mowers ever hit them, we are looking at safety. What could happen if one was ejected through the mower?”