CALLOUS thieves took around 40 memorial plaques from a crematorium last weekend.
The brass plaques are likely to have been stolen to be sold as scrap metal.
It is thought the thefts took place between 7pm on Friday September 9 and 8am on Monday September 12 at Surrey and Sussex Crematorium, on Balcombe Road.
Police are appealing for information about the thefts.
Inspector Zahid Khan, of Crawley Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Having a commemorative plaque stolen from a loved one’s grave is clearly a very distressing thing to happen and we are working to identify who may have carried out such a callous crime.
“Officers are carrying out high visibility patrols and speaking with local residents and crematorium users to gather any information we can.
“We would like to hear from anyone who has any information regarding the offenders or any scrap metal dealers who have been approached by someone trying to sell them commemorative plaques.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Sussex Police on 0845 60 70 999 .
Was your loved one’s grave one of those affected? Contact Finn Scott-Delany on 01293 845057 .