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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Portland Police Department is investigating the theft of about 60 bronze memorialvases from gravesites at the Brooklawn Memorial Park.

Cemetery staff first noticed missing vases last Wednesday. They say the thief is likelyplanning to sell themfor scrap metal; the approximate value ofthe stolen vasesis $12-thousand.

The most recent theft happenedWednesday night.

Police have been scanning the cemetery, but they're hoping any witnesses will come forward with any information that could help.

If you have any information on the thefts you're asked to call the Portland Police Department at (207) 874-8533.