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Church cemetery falls victim to a series of flower thefts

Someone is digging up and stealing flowers left at gravestones.

Posted: Jul. 10, 2018 9:14 PM

ALBERT LEA, Minn. — When someone stole flowers from Lunder Lutheran Church's cemetery last year, the church figured it was an isolated incident. This year, they've come to the cemetery on five different occassions since Memorial Day to find that flowers are dug out of their flowerpots and flowerbeds. In some cases, the entire pot of flowers are gone.

The most recent thefts happened Friday night or Saturday morning. Even flowers from recent burials are gone. "I feel bad for them. I feel bad for people who are no longer in the area who drive here one day and leave a nice pot, and then we water it for them, and then we have to call them and let them know that their flower was stolen, " explains church council president Doug Krueger.

The most popularly stolen flowers are red geraniums.

The incidents have been reported to the police and Krueger says they drive by the cemetery frequently for surveillance and check out suspicious activity.

The church has replaced stolen flowers with donated silk flowers so that no grave goes without their flower.

The church plans to install security cameras in the cemetery soon to help prevent future thefts, or catch whoever has been stealing the gravestones' flowers.

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