Burglars again target grieving families at Dallas cemetery



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Posted on March 28, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 28 at 6:37 PM

DALLAS -- Family and friends mourning the loss of a loved one returned from the graveside, only to find that while they were grieving, someone was breaking into their cars.

And it's not the first time thieves have targeted funerals at Restland Cemetery in Dallas.

"I, personally, could not believe there are people out there that would actually go steal or burglarize cars at a funeral," said the victim of the last burglary.

It happened on March 5. The victim asked we conceal his identity. He was burying his father. The ceremony took all of 10 minutes.

"When we got back to the car, my oldest daughter said, 'Dad, somebody got mom's car,'" he told us.

The family said three of their cars were broken into while they were standing just a few feet away. Someone even broke out the windows, and no one saw a thing. The thieves took money, purses, and cell phones.

This is the third time News 8 has reported about thefts at Restland since February. Families say the only warning sign is this one at the front gate telling people to lock their cars. But there are no cameras or people patrolling the property.

The victims said they asked Restland why.

"We asked him, specifically, why you don't have security over there?" the victim said. "We pay for service, at least you should have someone directing cars."

The burglars smash and grab, and get out quickly.

"It's not about the money," he said. "It's coming out of funeral, and you have to deal with your car being broken into."

Restland Cemetery didn't return News 8's phone calls for comment. But in the past, they've said it's unfortunate things like this happen even in the most sacred places, and people need to be vigilant.

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