Police have recovered half of the bronze vases stolen from a South Surrey cemetery following a tip from a local scrap metal dealer.
According to Surrey RCMP Cpl.
Bert Paquet, police were contacted Thursday by the manager of a Surrey metal recycling facility who said that somebody had recently turned in 28 bronze vases that had been taken from Victory Memorial Park.
"The manager of the (recycling) facility thought it was suspicious and had heard about the story (of the missing vases)," said Paquet. "Our investigators attended the location and recovered 28 of the vases and confirmed with the manager of the cemetery that these are indeed the vases that had been stolen."
As a result of legislation requiring all sellers of scrap metal to provide photo ID, police have now identified a Langley woman as a person of interest in this case.
"The property crime target team is looking for her right now," said Paquet, noting that she's known to police. "Hopefully, after we locate and speak with her we will be able to recover the rest of the property and bring closure to some of the families affected. We understand there are a lot of emotions involved in this case and we're happy to have found half of the vases, but are definitely motivated to find the rest and bring the persons responsible to justice."
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