Stealing from the dead
GYMPIE cemetery staff are angry callous thieves have stolen a steel arch out of a garden in the lawn cemetery.
Cemetery supervisor Lee Selby said the arch was stolen over the Father’s Day weekend, September 18 and 19.
Yesterday Wayne and Margaret Knobbs from Nobby’s Welding donated a new arch back to the Cemetery Trust after hearing the bad news.
Mr Selby said the arch was probably only worth about $150.
“It is not the money value that upsets us it is the fact people would steal from a cemetery,” he said.
“It is stealing from the dead,” grave digger Brett Butler said.
Mr Selby said the thieves must have spent a lot of time removing the arch from the garden hedge.
“It wouldn’t have been an easy job to get it out, It’s over six foot high and would take a couple of blokes to get it out.” Mr Selby said.
“They had to trim back all of the plants and it wouldn’t even lay down in a box trailer.”
Mr Selby said the arch was in a new section of cemetery near the Tafe College.
The arch leads to an open grass area where the Gympie Apex Club is about to donate a new rotunda for grieving families to take shelter during wet weather.
“It will be an access way to the rotunda for grieving families,” Mr Selby said.
Wayne and Margaret Knobbs from Nobby’s Welding decided to donate a new arch after Margaret saw a sign asking for information about the stolen arch while taking her daughter to Tafe.
“It’s a bit of a low act. To steal from a cemetery,” Mr Knobbs said.
Mr Selby said the Gympie Cemetery Trust was really appreciative of the gesture, but he would still like to find out who stole the first arch.
Anyone with information about the stolen arch can phone Gympie police or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.