A woman says someone stole the flowers off a grave site hours after her mother was laid to rest in a Portland cemetery.
Portland police said they are involved and are trying to track down whoever did it.
"I lost it," said Sharon Godwin Purzycki. "I couldn't believe someone could do something so horrible and have such disrespect for another human."
Purzycki said it was pouring outside the day she buried her mother.
When the rain stopped, she said she decided to head back to the Swedish Cemetery to spend some quiet time with her mom.
She pulled up and noticed that the casket's spray was gone, several other arrangements were missing and there were footsteps all over the grave.
"It was not even five hours," she said.
Purzycki said in that moment, she was horrified, angry and heartbroken. She wanted to know who would do something like that.
"How would you feel if you went to put something to honor your mother, your father, your sister, your friend and it was gone?" Purzycki told Eyewitness News.
Police said thefts don't happen often at the Swedish Cemetery.
They said they are speaking with people who live nearby, checking for surveillance video and increasing patrols.
Anyone with information is asked to give them a call.
Purzycki said she had a message for the person responsible.
"My message would be, 'I hope you have some remorse, but I'm not sure a person like you would,'" she said.
She also had a plea.
"Please, please don't do it to another family that's grieving," Purzycki said. "Whether it's the day of, day after or ten years, don't disrespect someone that's passed on. It's a horrible thing to do."
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