Posted on January 17, 2014 at 8:02 AM
SAN ANTONIO -- A San Antonio father said he's fed up with what he considers a lack of security at a local cemetery.
He is demanding accountability after more than a dozen bronze vases were stolen including one at the grave site of his baby. The father I spoke with this afternoon said he visited Sunset Memorial Park this week only to discover his son's bronze vase had been stolen.
"That's my brother (and) my sister," said Nicole Colla.
Colla, who is 16 years old, never got to meet her baby brother or sister. She and her father, Charlie, often visit their grave sites at Sunset Memorial Park to pay their respects. So you can imagine how heart broken they were when they realized their son's cemetery plot had been disturbed.
"It tore me apart," said the father. "My daughter should not have to go through this every time we go to the graveyard."
According to Sunset Memorial Park, 18 bronze vases were stolen this week from the grave sites of several babies each vase costs $150. Colla said after he told the general manager he was calling KENS 5, the expensive bronze vases were replaced.
Colla claims he was originally told he would have to foot the bill for a new vase.
"I had nothing bad to say about sunset until we just got out here now because what they are doing is trying to cover themselves up say nothing happen," said Colla.
I met privately, off-camera, with the cemetery general manager Manuel Aleman along with the Collas. Aleman told us he decided to replace all stolen vases as a courtesy. He also said this has happened before.
"I'm asking for lighting and protection. These are our our babies," said Colla.
The father said it's unacceptable and wants Sunset Memorial Park to step up and and beef up security of the cemetery grounds.
The general manager said he has hired more security guards to keep an eye on the cemetery.