NEWHALL (CBS) — Los Angeles County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the theft of more than 100 bronze vases from gravesites at a local cemetery.

According to authorities, at least 113 bronze flower vases, which were attached to headstones, have been stolen in July at Eternal Valley Memorial Park & Mortuary in Newhall. In the first reported theft, 100 vases were stolen on July 18. The second theft occurred on July 25 where between 13 and 15 vases were taken.

The vases have retail value of $125 each or more, bringing the total theft to at least $14, 125.

The thefts were the latest in a series of valuable metal thefts in the Santa Clarita Valley. In June, authorities say thieves stole a brass train whistle from the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society’s steam locomotive at William S. Hart Park. In addition, more than a dozen reports have been filed at the local Sheriff’s Station in the last few weeks by car owners reporting catalytic converters stolen from their vehicles.

Anyone with information regarding any of the thefts is urges to call Los Angeles County Sheriff’s detects at (661) 255-1121.

Comments (79)
  1. CHB says:

    Sorry but I can’t remember an economic situation so poor where people were routinely steeling base metals to recycle and make a few dollars. AC units, Copper wire and plumbing from vacant homes.

    Oh yeah, sorry I forget we’re in a recovery…..recovery summer….yeah that’s the ticket.

    1. bob henning says:

      You forget that the ones doing the majority of the stealing are the same ones that are killing Californias Economy, Thank You Mexico.

      1. JOSE_The Illegal says:

        Any time hommie….
        I am in a hurry because I need to play at the casino with my new EBT card..
        It feels great!

  2. Juan says:

    Yeah, like the other two guys on the Drudge Report link caught stealing Guard Rails from roadways?

  3. Smitt777 says:

    I hope they are checking the people who would be buying metals even if the bronze, copper etc has been melted down. Can;t be many places to dispose of the stuff!

  4. Aarroonn Fleszar says:

    Sure they did. Is “thieves” code for criminals with badges trying to cover up the real story?

    A military Coup took place with the introduction of Sarah Palin as John McCain’s running mate.

    Obama is not the president, he’s the acting president. He disappeared for 2 weeks after his election win only to reappear looking exhausted sitting next to John McCain, with a bad poker face, for a press photo shoot. He has been turned into a Pentagon puppet ever since.

    What you’re about to learn is true and not embellished in anyway. Here’s what Obama, Osama, Biden, Bin Laden, the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists, and Sarah Palin have to do with the last election and the military’s overthrow of our government.

    1. wildbill6996 says:

      Was that DRUG that bad ?????

    2. Ghost says:

      You are by far – the biggest nutcase. What institution did you break out of? Go back and get medicated. Do us all a favor and stay there.

    3. sopwith says:

      PLEASE get back on your meds NOW Fleszer before we have to take you away. We can’t afford to commit you.

    4. Scott says:

      This guy needs to be reported to the authorites. Wait, never mind – they wouldn’t do anything anyway.

  5. Mimi Leach says:

    Could you please spell “cemetery” correctly in your title?

    1. Frank J says:

      It is correct…idiot

  6. Speedy Gonzalez says:


    1. bossou says:

      lol ur right ,if it involes work they r the ones. if a gun or a flash mob is involed its other.

    2. Guess Who says:

      Any other place and I’d say knee gross.

  7. August says:

    The Russian people did the same thing before their country’s complete collapse…

    1. Kristin says:

      Ahhh, the osfront

  8. josenot says:

    Olny an illegal would stoop that low

    1. JOSE_The Illegal says:

      josenot…Relax… just keep working hard so I can continue collecting my Welfare check, and my EBT Card….
      By the way… I am on my way to have a decent dinner at Jack in the Box..payment method… of course EBT Card brother,,,,
      Hasta la Vista!!!! LOL!!

  9. Locust have arrived says:

    What a nation we have become.
    Diversity really is our strength(?). And this is only the beginning.
    God help us when the people who build civilizations are reduced to a complete minority then gone.
    We are Egypt, India. . .

  10. nbody says:

    Brilliant, nuanced reply, Ghost.

  11. Martin Telnic says:

    Illegal aliens are the culprits in these petty metal thefts

  12. Gibbs Bentley says:

    “Hell is other people.”
    – Jean-Paul Sartre —

  13. PJ White says:

    Mex1cans are ruining this country for us all. Thanks liberals! You stupid Cali voters are getting exactly what you deserve!

  14. PJ White says:

    Juan … go back to where you came from!

  15. Guest Worker inc. says:

    I had one of my spec homes stripped of copper plumbing and wire. Leaving behind more than $15,000. in damage for a few hundred dollars

    Yes it was the local MBA students looking to buy books…No it was the illegals ! Many who have turned to stealing metals to sell to recycle centers, after the construction jobs have disappeared
    Of course the cops are to lazy or burdened go to the buyer. Nope they to busy collecting traffic fines all day .

    Go to any recycle center and watch the trucks pull up and all the home wire and copper pipes falling out the back. No question asked.

    This trend of stealing copper and other metals is sweeping through the country and success will only bred more acts of vandalism and theft..

  16. BikerBen says:

    Illegals from Mexico have to make a living when there are no crops to pick. This is just another job Americans won’t do.

  17. will shank says:

    Been reading Kafka, have we?

    1. Aaron says:

      Not Kafka. This suggestion is way too swift, clear, and tied to reality to be Kafkaesque. “Biblical” would be a more appropriate descriptor, as interpreted by the Medieval mind…

      1. Rick Swartzentrover says:

        Well we can’t all be Neanderthal like you. What would you do to them, Give then an award for being immoral like all liberals are? BTW Biblical is only a putdown to God- hating mindless bigots who’s faith is to impotent to believe in anyone other then themselves. Don’t worry some day (just like your tiny manhood) it will grow and you can join the Human Race.

    2. Media Covering for Kenyan Exposed says:

  18. Heart of Darkness says:

    Really people , the home of the new brave now reduced to illegals stealing the bronze out of a cemetery ! What’s next, having graves dug up for estate jewelry.

    This is our country. Stop letting the elite teaching you that it belongs to the world and we are only time share tenants in our own homes.

  19. Joe Schmoe says:

    But Rick, what about their “Civil Rights”? I can hear the radical left wing advocates now.

  20. Joe Schmoe says:

    Time to start controlling the metal buyers.

  21. John says:

    Digging up graves IS the next “logical” step. I saw it in the Caribbean where the “locals” have broken open above-ground graves to try and find/steal any jewelry from the long-dead European settlers from many, many years ago….leaving caskets broken and lying around in the cemeteries. It was very disturbing to see. Same with the illegals in the USA. They have no real connection to the culture or the people, so they will take anything that is, or is not, bolted down. That is the reality.

  22. doc says:

    Have these people doing this crime have no shame?

  23. juan says:

    your as dumb as Obummer
    Obummer bringing you all HOPE. lmao

  24. juan says:

    Lock and Load and steady your aim.The Revolution is about to start.

  25. juan says:

    STFU Moron….This is Obummers World.Get to the back of the bus.

  26. blondie54 says:

    This really ticks me off. My mom is buried there. How can people stoop this low? Are they going to remove the plaques next?

    1. Kristin says:

      Did she have any Gold teeth! Or, was she burried with her wedding rimg? Just wondering.

  27. Roger Stillman Jones says:

    OK now that is jsut downright wrong dude. Seriously.

  28. mimi leach says:

    get me out of here!!

  29. BoyKingandhisFirstWookie says:

    Obama’s Hope & Change…

  30. garrettc says:

    You’ve brought this on youselves. Deal with it.

  31. M. Henz says:

    Having been in Saudi Arabia and witenessing two beheadings live there is no better deterent than public punishment. Both Saudi’s were guilty of murder and if theft is the crime they lop off a hand. I agree with Rick, and as for the Civil Rights of these morons in my view they have none. Once they commit the crime they forfiet all civil rights except for a speedy trial and punishment. Time to stop the free rides provided by our judicial system at the expense of us taxpayers.

  32. barackHUSSEINobama says:

    Just some Newhall locals celebrating the Muslim Boy Kings Summer of Recovery 2011.

  33. BL1Y says:

    Better yet, how about every time a violent crime goes unsolved for at least 6 months, we pick a child at random, and have him or her publicly drawn and quartered.

    People will start cooperating with police investigations real fast.

  34. ElPatron says:

    This reminds me of Mexico when I lived there in the early 1970’s. The culture has moved North and so has the low standard of living. Welcome to the multicultural liberal America, where thievery is a way of life.

  35. John Q Public says:


  36. Anastasia Rominof says:

    Hanging in the LA Coliseum for the public. $25 admission to a double header. Full complement of vendors selling beer, hot dogs, pizza, etc. Profits to go to legitimate charities.

  37. forthechilderen says:

    the obama economy…not quite the change we hoped for…..

  38. LEL MN says:

    F’ing thieving democrats, no doubt.

  39. BoBo says:

    What a country of idiot racist rednecks. You can all thank Bush for this.

    1. Kristin says:

      Fa fa fooey
      Baba Boey

    2. Reality says:

      Well it WAS feral mexican and african males,14-35 years old.Why is that fact racist?

  40. Jack Kinch(1uncle) says:

    Police profile: Democrats.

  41. Hank Warren says:

    Illegals stealing everything not nailed down now that the lawn care work is drying up, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our rights:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama, vote for Ron Paul.
    (Last link of Banned Book):

  42. Kristin says:

    Just dig up the dead femaled in abandoned cemetaries. They ALL have gold. platinum, diamonds, gold teeth etc. EASY PICKINGS. Been doin it for over two years. Made more than I ever did with my master’s degree.

  43. bossou says:

    my pastor dad is buried there. his dad was a all american good guy,ex moto cross,navy vet,fire fighter,and pastor.

  44. Kristin says:

    Old graves, pre 1800, are all shallow and easy easy easy. Spread throughout forgotten forlds accross the northeast. Treasure for yje picking. 4 gold teeth, maybe 6, and you have and ounce. 1 hour easy digging. Wand metal detector certainly helps. Almost alays Gold and Diamond Rinds, other gems and antiquities, gold coins not uncommon,

  45. allness says:

    There’s no problem here…Doesn’t our President teach us to distribute the wealth? What kind of loop-hole allows a cemetery to think they can have bronze?

  46. Rob Meier says:

    OK the economy stinks and people are doing what they can to get by. Thats a symptom and not the real problem. Am I to believe this will lead to bigger things like Hooverville in Central Park?

  47. Rick Swartzentrover says:

    I see CBS is deleting posts they don’t like. Typical Liberal rag!

    1. Johny Chingas says:

      Rick, it’s your grammar.
      Once you learn how to type correctly, then we’ll keep your postings alive… LOL!!!!

  48. Jim Zimmer says:

    People will steal anything if there is money in it. There is really no solution because the courts consider this a victimless crime, and those involved are rarely caught or prosecuted.

  49. Matt Vase says:

    These is crazy that is a really big vase but why would someone want to steal that many vases that would be really hard to steal all of those vases at the same time.