22 pounds of Farmington American Legion's grave markers taken
Farmington police are investigating the theft of 22 pounds of grave markers owned by the Farmington American Legion Clifford Larson Post 189.
According to Farmington police sergeant Lee Hollatz, the theft was reported by Tailgaters owner Craig Loeschke on Feb. 27. Loeschke called police after he was contacted by Eagan-based JR Recycling on Feb. 26, Hollatz said.
The recycling company called Tailgaters -- which is located in a building that formerly belonged to the American Legion -- after a man brought approximately 22 pounds of stars from grave markers to the business last week. Tailgaters has stored the American Legion's belongings since the sale of the building was completed last August.
The grave markers were stored under a stairwell in the building, Post 189 Commander Leonard Weisbrich said. The markers were older ones, not currently being used for Memorial Day services. The markers used for Memorial Day services are stored at another location off-site, he said.
"They only turned in the stars," Weisbrich said Friday. "We don't know where the posts are."
At this point, Hollatz does not have an estimate on how much the grave markers are worth. Each star weighs just over one-half pound. Similar grave markers are listed in the American Legion's supply book, Flag & Emblem, at $33.95 each.
Hollatz has leads as to who the man was who brought the grave markers to JR Recycling, but is not releasing that information because the theft is still under investigation.