Plaques stolen

These giant plaques were stolen from Lakeview Memorial Gardens.

Four large bronze memorial plaques, worth several thousands of dollars, were stolen from a Kelowna cemetery.

The plaques were taken from Lakeview Memorial Gardens on Dry Valley Road sometime between 5 p.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. Thursday.

“This theft is very disheartening,” said police spokesperson Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey in a news release. “Not only does this crime impact countless families and loved ones of those who were memorialized on the specialized plaques, (but) we are told one of those plaques was a war memorial, which honoured the names of dozens of Canadian veterans.”

The suspect or suspects would have needed to pry the 76-by-107-centimetre bronze plaques, which were secured with bolts to stone walls. They also would have required a vehicle to transport them from the grounds of the cemetery.

O’Donaghey said the Mounties want to make a plea to the person responsible to “do the proper thing . . . turn over the memorial plaques to your nearest police detachment, community policing office or return them.”