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Troopers seek Union cemetery fence thief

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UNION, CT (WFSB) -

The Connecticut State Police are looking for the people who have taken off with a fence at a town cemetery in Union.

While preparing the Union Eastern Cemetery on Bigelow Hollow Road for the Memorial Day Parade, crews noticed that 21 sections of the white picket fence were gone.

The theft took place sometime between 1 p.m. on Monday and 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

"No real rhyme or reason for any of this. We're totally blindsided and it's just a bizarre incident," said Union First Selectman Andy Goodhall. "I guess all I can say is we want our fence back."

Town officials said each one of the sections was carefully screwed off and the theft was a lot of work for plastic fencing.

"These are people that are gone from society and their final resting place and now somebody steals a fence," John Boniface said. "Just shocking to me that's all."

The cost to repair the fence was about $1,500.

Joseph Markovich has buried his parents and uncles at the Union Eastern Cemetery. He planted an another American flag in front of his father's grave Thursday.

His dad was a World War II veteran and fought in five battle campaigns. In a place so sacred, Markovich said he doesn't find this latest vandalism amusing at all.

"I think it's a terrible thing to steal from a cemetery," Markovich said. "It's a memorial - no one should steal and use it for gain."

State police have launched a criminal investigation into the incident. Anyone with any information is asked to call state police at 860-896-3200.

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