The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously authorized a $10,000 reward today, at the request of Supervisor Don Knabe, for information related to the theft of headstones from the Downey Cemetery.
On Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at approximately 7:30 a.m., five bronze headstones were stolen from the Downey Cemetery, located at 12950 Lakewood Boulevard in the City of Downey. The Downey Cemetery traces its roots back to 1868, and is the final resting site for over 9,000 souls, including pioneers of the Southeast region and local historical figures and veterans from the Civil War through the Gulf War. Because of the value of bronze, it is believed the items were taken so they could be recycled for cash.
The suspects in this incident were last seen leaving the area in a black “lifted” Chevrolet Silverado Truck, with a black camper shell. Suspect #1 is described as a male Caucasian or Hispanic, approximately 6’3” tall, weighing approximately 300 lbs, and last seen wearing a white shirt and gray shorts. Suspect #2 is described as a male Caucasian or Hispanic, approximately 5’8” tall, weighing approximately 250 lbs, and was last seen wearing a white shirt and gray shorts.
Anyone with information regarding this case, or the identity of possible suspects, is asked to contact:
Detective Jerry Price, (562) 904-2359 or Detective Mark Galindo, (562) 904-2326
Downey Police Department
11111 Brookshire Avenue
Downey, California 90241-7016
Alternatively, call Crime Stoppers (800) 222-TIPS (8477) or text TIPLA, plus your tip, to CRIMES (274637) or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org