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Flowers and pots that were placed at the graves of Patty Wicken's family members were stolen at Kinkead Cemetery in Alexandria over Memorial Day weekend. Her family wasn't the only one hit. Since writing about the theft on Facebook, Wicken has received several phone calls from others who were heartbroken about having flowers stolen. (Contributed photo)

Editorial - The lowest form of thievery strikes again

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If thievery has a hierarchy, stealing flowers from a grave has to rank among the lowest.

Yet it happens all too often. And right here, throughout Douglas County, especially around Memorial Day time.

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Patty Wicken of Alexandria sent us the photo that accompanies this editorial. It shows the graves of her parents and sister-in-law where flowers were stolen early this Memorial Day. "I wish I had a 'before' photo," Wicken said. "They were all so beautiful."

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