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Call for public assistance after men charged over alleged theft of cemetery plaques

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Police are appealing for public assistance as part of investigations into the alleged theft of plaques from cemetery headstones in Beerwah.

It will be alleged that 16 brass plaques were taken from a cemetery along Roys Road on Wednesday, November 1.

The plaques were then allegedly damaged to remove the names and sold to second-hand dealers.

Following investigations by the Sunshine Coast Criminal Investigative Branch, a search warrant was executed in Peachester on November 10.

Police allegedly located and seized three grinders.

A 38-year-old man and a 45-year-old man, both from Caboolture, have been arrested and charged with possess tainted property, enter premises and commit indictable offence, dishonestly obtain property and fraud.

They have both been remanded in custody and are expected to reappear at Maryborough Magistrates Court on December 14.

Another headstone without a plaque.

Police have recovered 25 plaques and are appealing for public assistance to help identify the names and other cemeteries that may have been affected.

Community members are advised to report outstanding plaques or similar incidents to police, or contact their local cemetery.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting.

Report crime information anonymously via Crime Stoppers. Call 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestoppersqld.com.au.

Quote these reference numbers: QP2301856735, QP2301888818.

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