A veterans’ agency in National City was outraged after learning three war memorial plaques had been stolen from a city park this week.
The plaques recognized those heroes from National City CA who fought in WWII, Korean War and Vietnam. Two of the plaques had been placed over 60 years ago.
Investigators believe the memorials were pried from the wall and, based on skid marks nearby, were then dragged away by a vehicle, Hernandez said.
Two of the smaller memorials measured 3 feet by 4 feet. The larger plaque measured 4 feet by 5 feet and weighed about 120 pounds.
Detectives believe the thieves planned to cut up the brass memorials and sell them for scrap metal.
The two smaller plaques have been on display at the park for more than 60 years.
The city is assessing how much it would cost to replace the memorials.
Anyone with information about the thefts can contact police at (619) 336-4411.