Thieves stealing expensive vases from Sanford cemetery graves

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SANFORD, Fla. - A Seminole County grandfather made a troubling discovery when he went to visit the cemetery where his 3-month-old granddaughter is buried.

He told Channel 9's Lori Brown that someone is stealing from the grave sites at All Souls Catholic Cemetery on S.R. 46A.

About a dozen families have learned that someone stole a dozen vases from cemetery graves. Each of those vases is worth $300.

Tom Kunkel said he visits his granddaughter's grave every week. The little girl died from a heart defect.

Kunkel said he cannot believe that someone would steal from a baby.

"You have a remembrance, and this is all we have as a remembrance of our granddaughter. To disturb that, it takes something away from you, that's what it does," said Kunkel.

After Kunkel noticed his granddaughter's vase was missing he looked around at other graves and saw that a lot of other vases were also missing.

All Souls Catholic Church said it is not sure exactly how many vases were stolen last weekend.

"It's 11 or 12, don't know exactly, because we don't know how many originally had them or not," said Father Richard Voor of All Souls Catholic Church. "We're having difficulty finding all the names of people to notify."

Voor says he is praying for the person who desecrated the graves. He says it is not too late for the thief to do the right thing.

"It's not a matter of money. It's a matter of respect," said Kunkel.

The church said it has increased lighting at the cemetery, and asked the police department to continue to patrol it.