Thieves take bronze plaques from Veterans Memorial Park

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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WICHITA, Kan.--- Wichita Police are investigating the larceny of two bronze plaques that were taken from the Veterans Memorial Park at 339 W. Central.

"Any time any of our park assets get vandalized, it's senseless we don't understand why they do it," said Doug Kupper, Wichita Parks and Recreation Director.

Between April 11 and April 14, thieves took two bronze plaques from the United States Navy Submarine Service and SS248 Dorado Memorials.

The Park is dedicated to the veterans who have served in the various military forces. The memorials are funded by private donations while the park is maintained by the City of Wichita.

"To impact the memorials over at Veterans Park, that's even worse because a lot of those people gave their lives so that we would have the freedoms that we have, and they repay that by stealing the bronze plaques," said Kupper.

Kupper said vandals have struck several times in the past by taking out signs and throwing them into the river.

"It's a senseless act. I think it demeans the whole city when somebody does something like that," said Kupper.

If you know the whereabouts of the plaques, call Crime Stoppers at 267-2111. If the plaques are returned to the park, Kupper said no questions will be asked.

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