Police are searching for robbers who stole more than $100,000 in property from a Waterbury cemetery.
Karen Kalenauskas' family often visits the grave of her grandfather, who has been buried at the Calvary cemetery for around 50 years. The grave is marked with two stone tall angels that were supported with a steel rod and cement base.
Eyewitness News spoke with Kalenauskas, who said the statues have a special meaning to her family.
"Growing up my mother had little Angels that were part of our family, it becomes a piece of symbolism in our family," said Kalenauskas.
The family wasn't aware the statues had been stolen until last week.
"We always look for the angels, that's our anchor to finding it, it's an easy intersection and was like I know I'm in the right place, what's wrong, got out of the car and was devastated," said Kalenauskas.
Kalenauskas' sister first saw they were missing when she visited the cemetery for a funeral.
Once the family notified the cemetery, it was discovered that 14 other markers had been stolen.
The family doesn't know why the angels were stolen since they were not one of the markers in the cemetery that are made of marble.
"There is no value to them as salvage, their value is in their artistry in the statue," said Kalenauskas.
Waterbury Police said this is not the first time the cemetery has been targeted.
According to police, bronze flower vases have been stolen in the past.
The Kalenauskas family doesn't care about the cost, but want the statues returned because of the sentimental value they serve.
"The word grave robber has been around a long time. It's not a comfortable thing, unfortunate there are people that have a skewed sense of ethics, that there are not things that are sacred to them," said Kalenauskas.
Anyone with information is urged to call Waterbury Police Department at 203-574-6920.
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