Statues stolen from Evanston South graves

POLICE are investigating the thefts of three brass statues from two separate graves at an Evanston South cemetery this past fortnight, after  a relative discovered they were missing on Sunday.

The relative visited the Smithfield Memorial Park – located at Smith Road, Evanston South – when they realised that a large brass statue of Jesus and two medium brass statues of Mary and Joseph had been stolen from two gravesites.

Police say the theft occurred sometime since Sunday, May 13, and have asked anyone with relatives buried at the cemetery to check the gravesites in case thefts have occurred there as well.

Adelaide Cemeteries Authority chief executive officer Robert Pitt said the cemetery operator was aware of the thefts and has also identified
additional sites where thefts may have occurred.

“[We] have notified the interment right holders of those sites,” he said.

“We are working closely with police and affected families.

“Grave theft is devastating for families and we condemn the actions of anyone who takes personal items from a cemetery site.

“We urge anyone with further information about these thefts to contact police.

“If members of the public have other queries or concerns, we encourage them to contact the Adelaide Cemeteries Authority on 8139 7400.”

Anyone who saw or heard any suspicious activity in or around the cemetery, or has any information regarding the whereabouts of the stolen brass statues, is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at crimestopperssa.com.au

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Matteo Gagliardi joined The Bunyip in August 2016 with almost two years experience in regional print media, having previously worked at a community newspaper in Swan Hill, Victoria. Covering politics, local government and crime, Matteo likes to sink his teeth into hard-hitting issues, but also enjoys spending time getting to know the Gawler community. Matteo also has a passion for science, agriculture and the environment, and has previously worked as a media officer at the Australian Science Media Centre.

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