HOUSTON Some Houston family members say they can t believe what someone did at their 89-year-old mother s grave.

Thieves stole $1,000 worth of flowers from the family plot just a few hours after Albina Tarnowski was buried, the family said.

Joylene Schimckek fought back tears as she recalled what happened at her mom s gravesite.

I was floored, she said.

Tarnowski was buried Tuesday at the Forest Park Cemetery on Westheimer near Dairy Ashford.

Ten large sprays lined the gravesite.

We didn t care how much they cost we wanted her to have flowers at her funeral, said Barbara Kotera, another daughter.

Tarnowski loved flowers.

She had them both inside and outside her home in Northwest Houston.

The family wanted to make sure she was surrounded by them when she was laid to rest.

It s not clear who stole the flowers or why.

Forest Park Cemetery has a security guard patrolling the 120-acre site, but the guard was not there when the theft took place.

We re told people sometimes steal the fresh flowers and place them on other people s graves.

Thieves also re-sell the metal easels to flower shops.

The elderly woman s family did not know flower thefts were a problem.

They are sharing their story hoping to help prevent the same thing from happening to someone else.

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