Marist Brothers' headstones desecrated

A Catholic cemetery at Kilmore, north of Melbourne, has been hit by vandals, who have stolen 42 brass plaques from the graves of Marist Brothers who had taught in the town.

Members from the order, who teach at Assuption College, have expressed their shock and dismay at the wanton destruction.

The Herald Sun reports that Br Bryan Leak said the “thoughtless” act shows the lack of appreciation to the memory of the deceased brothers.

"They might be looking forward to getting $600, but the worth of the plaques to them (the thieves), it's really not worth it in the end,” Br Leak said

"It's going to be difficult to dispose of them.

"I cannot imagine any scrap metal merchant would be willing to take them,” he said.

Police believe the vandals took the items to sell as scrap metal. Brass is worth about $4/kg – each plaque weighs about 3kg to 4kg.

Br Leak has appealed to the thieves to return the plaques, or for scrap metal merchants approached with the stolen goods to turn the thieves in.

"The amount of benefit they would get is far out of proportion to the upset they have caused," he said.

Anger at theft of plaques from headstones at cemetery (Herald Sun, 13/11/07)

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