Stolen cemetery flowers an ongoing problem

Published 1:54 pm Thursday, April 30, 2009

Lynann Henagan has given up.

Since last September, she has had five silk flower arrangements stolen from her mother’s and her daughter’s graves in Providence Cemetery in Glenwood.

“It’s sickening,” Henagan said. “It feels like you’re being violated—after all, it’s a cemetery.”

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Henagan said that when her daughter Heather Alsbrooks died ten years ago, the family placed two wooden benches next to her grave.

“People began writing notes to Heather—it became like a memory bench,” she said.

But within the first year, one of the benches disappeared, so the family took the other one home.

“My daughter loved the ocean, and she loved dolphins, so we would put dolphin decorations and trinkets on her grave,” she said. “The first year, we did this on a Sunday, and by Tuesday, they were gone. I just don’t understand why people would do this.”

Henagan’s mother Maurine Walker wanted to be buried beside her granddaughter. After her mother’s death almost two years ago, Henagan put in two marble flower holders. However, she hasn’t been able to use them as she should because the flowers would always disappear.

“We’re not the only ones this happens to at that cemetery,” she said. “We’ve been told to put up security cameras and see if we can catch the thieves in the act, but there’s no place to hide a camera, so what is there left to do?”

“I don’t know if I’ll even put flowers there on Mother’s Day, not if they’re just going to be stolen again,” she said.