Theft at Rock Creek Cemetery‏

This is disturbing news that was shared on various listservs tonight:

Dear Neighbors,

It is a great sadness to share with you that our cemetery has been targeted for theft of bronze. At the end of last week an 11 ft bronze work of art and other pieces were removed. This took quite an effort since the installation required a crane and at least six men to get it in place. You can imagine how the family of the deceased feels.

We believe that we offer the community a beautiful, quiet spot for walking, running and playing with children. However, we need you to help us. The security mantra of “if you see something say something is a good one.” If you are enjoying our space and see persons defacing the property or acting in a suspicious way please notify our office (202) 726-2080.

The Police Department are doing their part. Please help us so we can continue to allow public use of this space.

(Rev.) Rosemari Sullivan

Detail of a bronze from the Heurich family resting place in Rock Creek Cemetery. This bronze was not stolen, but it does give a sense of the highly artistic nature of the monuments on the grounds

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3 Comments on “Theft at Rock Creek Cemetery‏”


  1. [...] Someone stealing bronze at Rock Creek Cemetery. [ParkViewDC] [...]

    • George Spectre Says:

      Apparently the cemetery has no security of its own and has to depend on neighborhood residents to keep an eye on it. The recent thefts are extremely disturbing, not only for the families of the deceased but because this is a truly historic site in Washington DC which contains memorials and monuments dedicated to some of the city’s (and country’s) most famous personages. It clearly needs to have a 24-hour security team to make sure that no more thefts occur, especially when one considers that there are extremely valuable — even priceless — pieces of sculpture on the cemetery grounds.


  2. [...] recently implemented. Readers may recall that several bronze markers and small sculpture were stolen in March at the cemetery. To address this the grounds are being closed earlier and security has been [...]


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