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‘It’s heartless’: Thieves steal 200+ urns from cemetery, police say

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Thieves stole more than 200 urns from a Fort Wayne cemetery, police said. A man said he rushed to the cemetery to check on his family's graves after he heard the news.

STOLEN URNS - GREENLAWN CEMETERY

STOLEN URNS: Police say 248 urns have been stolen from the Greenlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Fort Wayne. Officers say this happened between 12/6 & 12/9. Investigators say the total estimated value of the stolen urns is 4,000. I stopped by the cemetery and spoke with a few people about the incident. Hear from one man who says he rushed to the cemetery to check on his family's graves when he heard the news.Tune in at 5pm and 6pm for more on this story.

Posted by Louie Tran on Thursday, December 12, 2019

According to police, someone stole 248 urns from the Greenlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Fort Wayne. This is located in the 6600 block of Covington Road. Officers said this happened between December 6th and December 9th.

Officers said the cost of each urn is estimated to be around $500.

"The first thing that came to mind was I gotta get out there to see if my family was affected by it," Jevontae Lapsley, a visitor said.

After rushing to the cemetery, Lapsley said he discovered his family's memorial was in tact. However, the same can't be said for several other families.

Police took the following picture. Officers said the stolen urns looked like the ones in the picture below.

Police say 248 urns have been stolen from the Greenlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Fort Wayne. Officers say this happened...

Posted by Louie Tran on Thursday, December 12, 2019

"With it being the holiday season, people are out shopping and everything, and now you got to think about replacing your loved one's urn," Lapsley said. "That's unfortunate. Very unfortunate."

Louie Tran

Louie Tran is the weekend anchor for Fort Wayne’s NBC at 6 and 11pm and a weekday general assignment reporter. To share story ideas, please email him at ltran@wpta21.com.

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