September 1, 2014

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Pricey mausoleum doors stolen from Elmwood Cemetery

LORAIN — Thieves have stolen $30,000 to $40,000 worth of brass doors from mausoleums at the city’s Elmwood Cemetery.

The doors were discovered missing this morning.

Seven mausoleums were damaged — Thew, J.M. Van Tilburg M.D., Tims, Nicholl, Szanto, Nielsen, Little and A.T. Grills.

Several of the mausoleums also had stained-glass windows smashed out, but it doesn’t appear any contents were damaged, according to Street Commissioner Chuck Camera.

Camera is hopeful the doors can be located and returned with the public’s help.

“We’re very confident that somebody is going to see them in the neighborhoods or somebody is going to try to recycle them,” he said. “I’m pretty confident that we’ll see it again.”

For now, crews are sealing up the mausoleums with wood.

The cemetery hasn’t ever had damage on this level before, Camera said.

“We’ve had vandalism to vases and some theft of plants, and we had one other break-in of a mausoleum about five years ago,” he said. “(But) this is new.”

“This is truly a new low,” said Joe Arendt, Lorain director of public services.

Anyone with information on the mausoleum doors is asked to contact Lorain police at 204-2100.