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UPDATE: Stolen Items Found After Theft at Military Graves

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Update (5/30/18): On May 29th around 10:00 p.m. the Labette County, KS Dispatch received a report that the grave markers were found at a cemetery east of McCune, KS (Crawford County).  The Labette County Sheriff's Office says the markers have been found and will be turned over to Commissioner Addis who will place them back on the graves of the veterans.  Authorities say the case is still being investigated.  If they find the suspect(s) involved, they do plan to press charges.

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(5/29/18) "To be so mindless, to go out there and actually take from a deceased veteran. That's unconscionable," said Lonie Addis.

Lonie Addis is a veteran who served his country in Vietnam. Now, he's a commissioner serving Labette County, Kansas, and trying to figure why somebody would steal brass flag holders from veterans' graves at two different Labette County cemeteries.

"They were taken, and it didn't look like the taking was for vandalism. I think because there was no other signs of vandalism, they just took the markers for profit," said Addis.

Right before Memorial Day weekend, the commissioner learned around 9 brass flag holders had been taken from Evergreen Cemetery in Montana Township. A couple of days later, he learned around 30 brass flag holders had been taken from Labette Cemetery near Osweego. The Labette County Sheriff's Office is now investigating.

"We're notifying any of the places locally that take brass in for salvage, to see if we can locate them," said Sheriff Darren Eichinger.

The sheriff's office is also double checking with cemetery caretakers, to make sure the missing flag holders aren't a mix-up. But Commissioner Addis is confident a crime has been committed, and wants justice for both veterans, and taxpayers.

"These markers were bought and paid for with tax dollars, and to replace those, we would have to use additional tax dollars. Not only is it unconscionable to steal off the grave of a deceased veteran, it's an unconscionable act to steal from the taxpayers," said Addis.

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