Monuments stolen from churches, parks

October 3, 2008 3:58:35 PM PDT
Six valuable monuments have been stolen from churches and parks in Brooklyn in the last month by thieves apparently looking to make a quick buck on the scrap metal, according to authorities. The thefts happened in Greenpoint and Williamsburg. The monuments, made of bronze and brass, honor parishioners and 9/11 and World War II heroes.

Police have beefed up patrols in the area.

The thefts include:

  • Two plaques were stolen from St. Stanislaus Kostka Church on Humbolt Street
  • A 9/11 memorial plaque was stolen from St. Cecilia's Church on Herbert Street.
  • A WWII memorial plaque was stolen from Fidelity Memorial park at Engert Avenue and Monitor Street
  • A memorial was stolen at St. Francis of Paola Church on Conselyea Street
  • A WWII plaque displayed in memory of Army chaplain Father Giorgio was stolen from a Williamsburg park

    State Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, a St. Cecilia's parishioner, reportedly plans to propose a law making it a felony to steal memorial plaques. He is also proposing pulling the licenses of dealers who knowingly buy them.

    "By making memorials too risky to buy, hopefully we can eliminate the demand for them and thus prevent the problem," he told the New York Daily News.

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