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Vases stolen from gravesites at local cemetery

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Cemeteries are usually peaceful places for memory and reflection. But for one local family that peace was disrupted by thieves. Dozens of bronze flower vases have been stolen from gravesites at Memory Garden cemetery on Tenaya and Lone Mountain.

"When you come and you see this, no one is getting peace," said Robin Gomez, whose parents' gravesites were vandalized.

Flowers that were once housed in a vase now lay scattered on the grounds of the cemetery.

"You can look around and see all of the holes that are in these memory pieces that are missing because they are made of bronze," said Gomez.

Gomez's parents, James and Lynne Liefke, are laid to rest at the cemetery.

"This is just so upsetting. My parents were good people, they don't deserve this," Gomez said.

It was last week when she discovered their gravesites had been vandalized.

"We had a bronze vase in my father's headstone, and that has been totally stolen. And in my mother's headstone we had a round that contained bronze and copper, and the whole memory piece is now stolen and gone," said Gomez.

A quick walk around and you can see Gomez isn't the only victim. Dozens of gravesites sit with holes instead of flowers left by grieving families. Gomez said it's not about the money at this point but more about morals. She hopes local pawn shops and scrap yards will remain vigilant.

"I doubt very seriously that someone can come in, even with a small amount and you not know what you're looking at, even if the names were scratched, pounded out. This was material designed especially for this," said Gomez.

She has a few words for those responsible for stripping her and her family of much more than just copper.

"Get back out here and help put this place back together, you owe that much," said Gomez.

There is no word yet on an official number of how many vases have been stolen or the total cost of damage. Memory Garden Cemetery managing partner Nathan Stiffler said after something like this happens they work with police and contact local scrap yards and pawn shops to keep an eye out. He also said since Las Vegas is a 24-hour town the gates to the cemetery don't close overnight.

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