CUYAHOGA FALLS — Police and cemetery officials have launched an area-wide search for three ornately decorated flower pots, valued at more than $1,000 each, which were last seen in a century-old cemetery.
According to a July 24 Cuyahoga Falls Police report filed by the city building and grounds supervisor, the pots, which weigh between 50 and 100 pounds, were taken sometime between July 20 and 24 from the 120-year old cemetery located at 2420 Oakwood Drive.
"These are old ornate flower pots [and] they are cast iron ... and they have a water basin at the bottom," said Kelli Crawford-Smith, communications director for the city.
The 3-feet-tall pots are so old that Crawford-Smith could not find a record of the purchase.
"We just know they are older," she said of the pots.
The police department has been checking local scrap yards to see if the pots have turned up, she said.
"What we know for sure, from the grounds crew is that they were there the week before," Crawford-Smith said. "And we don't typically have any issues like this. That's an abnormal event for us."
The cemetery, established in 1898, was named to the National Register 1999. There are several of the pots throughout the less-than-1-acre property, according to Crawford-Smith.
Crawford-Smith asks that anyone who has any information about the whereabouts of the pots to call Cuyahoga Falls Police at 330-928-2181.
"They are part of our history and our historical cemetery," Crawford-Smith said.
If whomever took the pots would like to return them, no questions asked, that would be OK with Crawford-Smith also.
"Just return them," she asked.
Reporter Tim Troglen can be reached at 330-541-9435, firstname.lastname@example.org or @Trog_RPC.