Johnson City police are investigating the theft of bronze grave markers and some copper from Calvary Cemetery.

Six military grave markers were taken and two others were damaged. Copper downspouts also were stolen from a chapel at the Catholic cemetery located just east of the Oakdale Mall.

Seven of the eight bronze downspouts at this Calvary Cemetery chapel were reported missing. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Cemetery operations manager Randy Ramey said he discovered the missing plaques and other metal early Thursday morning. He estimated the weight of each marker at between 20 and 25 pounds. The thieves pried the markers off cemetery monuments.

Ramey said the value of the grave markers and the stolen copper totaled several thousand dollars.

The cemetery has entrances off Harry L. Drive and Fairview Street.

A section of Calvary Cemetery in Johnson City on January 29, 2021. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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