BROOKLYN, NY-- In the past month, thieves swiped six monuments from churches and parks in the Greenpoint and Williamsburg sections of Brooklyn, according to police.
Investigators believe the brass and bronze statues were targeted because their valuable metal can be resold.
The precious monuments honor church parishoners, 9/11 heros, and World War II veterans. The plaques were stolen from St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, St. Cecilia's Church, St. Francis of Paola Church, Fidelity Memorial park and Williamsburg park.
Church parishoners and members of the community are upset, and say the thefts are disgraceful.
"To steal the plaque for scrap metal really shows us how far we've sank as a country when even the ordinary citizens don't understand what it's worth ... and are only looking at the value of the metal," local veterans activist Paul D'Elia told the Daily News.
State Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, who is also a parishoner of St. Cecilia's, is proposing stricter punishment for memorial plaque thefts.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers, at 1 800-577-TIPS.