BOONVILLE, N.Y. (WKTV) -- Boonville police are searching for the person who stole a plaque from the veterans memorial at their town cemetery.
Gary Mayer is the cemetery supervisor and couldn't believe what he heard when he got the call- an 18 by 24 inch bronze plaque engraved with the Pledge of Allegience was gone.
"How people could desecrate a cemetery in a veterans memorial and do something like that is way beyond me. I'm extremely upset," said Mayer.
The cemetery's roadway is blocked off and in these wintry conditions, the memorial is difficult to access. Mayer believes they climbed the steep hill by foot.
"I believe they had a hammer and a chisel and they chiseled it off the wall. It was grouted into the wall," said Mayer.
It's more than just theft. To Mayer, it's disrespect. With three children that have served overseas, he knows the sacrifice veterans face all too well.
"I can't fathom how somebody can go in there and do what they did. These kids, these kids and these men put their life on the line to make us what we are today and you have to go up there and take one of their plaques away," he said.
So, a $1,000 reward is being offered for the person's arrest.
"I just want them to come to justice, okay," he said.
Boonville police are asking anyone with information to call them immediately: (315) 943-2050.
Connect with Anna on Facebook and Twitter.