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Hunt on in theft of veterans graveyard monuments

Photo Credit: Saddle Brook PD
Photo Credit: Saddle Brook PD

CLIFFVIEW PILOT SCOOP: Saddle Brook police are hunting for whoever took a pair of grave monuments from Peter & Paul’s Russian Orthodox Cemetery.

They’re also asking all metal recycling businesses to immediately call them if someone tries to sell the government-issued markers for scrap.

Loved ones summoned authorities after finding the flat, solid-bronze markers given by the U.S. Veterans Administration missing, along with their granite bases, Saddle Brook Police Chief Robert J. Kugler said late this afternoon.

PHOTOS courtesy Saddle Brook PD

“It is a very significant unlawful act which is not only a crime, but causes the family and other concerned and caring people, especially veterans, to get emotionally upset and outraged,” Kugler said.

“All cemetery environments, especially those of deceased military veterans, deserve honor and dignity, not pilfering and desercration of their grave sites,” the chief added.

“It shocks the conscience to comprehend someone stooping so low as to steal for scrap metal a memorial commemorating those brave men and women who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.”

Example of the missing markers

If someone tries to sell you one of the monuments, or you have any information that would help police recover them, call Saddle Brook police: 201-843-7000

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