ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – Authorities are searching Tuesday morning for whoever stole several military plaques from a south county park. This all happened at and near the Veteran’s Memorial Amphitheater at Jefferson Barracks Park off Bagby Road.
Two of the plaques were reported stolen from the front of the amphitheater, but Tuesday morning all five plaques in the area representing different military branches were missing. St. Louis County Police confirmed for us that county workers took the other three plaques down, presumably as a precaution after the two plaques were stolen.
Authorities said that the two plaques that were stolen from the front of the amphitheater were insignia logo plaques for the Army and Marines. County officials told FOX 2 that a memorial plaque dedicated to Wagner Electric employees who gave their lives during World War II was also stolen. A bench plaque for the veterans of the Battle of the Bulge was taken from the area as well.
Authorities shared that the St. Louis County Parks workers noticed the plaques missing yesterday morning around 11:00 a.m. That is when they called the county police, and the investigation started.
St. Louis County Executive Sam Page released a statement reading, “Jefferson Barracks Park is more than just a recreation area; it’s a place that honors military service, veterans, and their families. We are saddened that someone would deface memorials dedicated to those who made the supreme sacrifice for our country.”
If you have any information on this case, you are asked to call 911 or St. Louis County Police at 636-529-8210. FOX 2 will update this story with more information as it becomes available.