Published DateLACONIA — Thieves made off with about $20,000 in brand-new lawn equipment sometime between Sunday evening and Monday morning from the Union Cemetery storage building.
Board members Carroll Stafford and John Perley said the thieves stole two Toro commercial-grade lawnmowers that were just purchased by the cemetery in September of 2012. Along with the two mowers, three trimmers, a compressor, a generator and a number of smaller items.
The most significant loss, said Stafford and Perley are the two commercial mowers that nearly no hours on them.
"We bought them last year and put them away for the winter," Perley said.
"We can't mow the cemetery and we just fertilized," said Stafford, noting that last week a subcontractor fertilized, limed, and applied grub control materials to the cemetery lawns.
This is the third major incident police have investigated at the cemetery in the past year. In 2012, a vandal knocked over some of the older head stones for no seemingly apparent reason and last fall police arrested a homeless man who had set up camp in the woods and armed himself with a shotgun.
The three incidents appear unrelated.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the Laconia Police Department at 524-5252 or the Greater Laconia Crime Line at 524-1717. Anonymous tips can also be left at on the Laconia Police Department Website at www.laconiapd.org.