The Cemetery and Mortuary Association of California admits grave robbing is on the rise because the scrap metal is valuable. Despite families paying into an endowment fund for upkeep, the group said only some cemeteries are paying to replace stolen vases and nameplates.
A century-old bell is missing from a local elementary school. It served as a landmark at Live Oak Elementary School, but the thief will likely discover its value is more sentimental than monetary.
Authorities are cracking down hard on local scrap metal buyers in an attempt to erase the ability for metal thieves to turn their stolen goods into cash.