Grave sculpture stolen
Widower Robin Davies is devastated and appalled after the theft of a treasured sculpture from his late wife's grave.
He noticed the piece missing from its usual position next to the headstone at the North Shore Memorial Park cemetery in Albany on February 16.
He says the bullrush flower sculpture, made from galvanised steel and heavy natural stone, was put there after he bought it in 2009 - one year after his wife died.
"My wife was always a very keen gardener which is why I thought it a particularly appropriate piece to place by her memorial."
Mr Davies immediately reported the theft to staff at the cemetery office who have promised to keep a look out in case it has been thrown into bush on the property, rather than stolen.
"The cemetery is an open access place, but is not specifically policed for grave-robbers," he says.
"I'm sure most people would assume that grave-robbing was a thing of the past - obviously not on the North Shore."
No complaints have been made to police, there is no security camera footage and no witnesses have come forward.
"I spend quite a lot of time at the grave site, going there for chats with my wife and particularly to calm myself down at times when my loneliness and sadness overcome me."
Mr Davies says that he will always be reminded of the theft when he visits.
"I will always be conscious of the fact that it has been stolen by some useless scumbag and probably sold via a car-boot sale."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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