10/28/2015 13:50 EDT | Updated 10/28/2016 01:12 EDT

National Legion president hopes theft of cenotaph plaques an isolated incident

FREDERICTON — The national president of the Canadian Legion says it's unbelievable that anyone would stoop so low as to steal plaques off two cenotaphs in Fredericton.

Tom Eagles says he hopes it was an isolated incident involving someone in need of money.

On Monday it was discovered that three brass plaques containing the names of First, Second and Korean War veterans were missing from the cenotaph in the downtown.

A plaque from the cenotaph in Barkers Point was reported missing earlier.

Branch 4 Legion president Don Swain says some of the plaques have surfaced at a metal recycling business, but the names have been ground off.

Fredericton Police spokeswoman Alycia Bartlett says an active investigation is underway.

Swain says the provincial government has announced it will replace the plaques and is hoping to have the replacements in time for Remembrance Day.

He says the public has donated about $4,000 and that money will be used for upkeep of the cenotaph and to install a security system.


The Canadian Press