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Grave robbers cause grief for Saleilles couple

MidiLibre/Scoop, Jan 31

Saleilles, south east of Perpignan, is in turmoil.

For the last few years, certain graves in the new cemetery in Saleilles have been targeted by a mysterious grave ransacker.

Jacky and Dolores Quintana visit the grave of their son at least once a day.

Their son Benoît, who died at the age of 26 in a road accident, has a gravestone at the cemetery. Jacky and Dolores bring flowers and items of sentimental value regularly, and each time they do, the grave is ransacked. Flowers are torn out of the pots, figurines are smashed or stolen, and Benoît’s parents are at their wits' end.

For eight years they have arrived at the grave to find devastation. “It’s painful, it’s awful, and surely we have seen the perpetrator without realising, because we come every day!” laments Dolores.

The couple, confused and outraged, filed a complaint to the Cabestany police, who are carrying out an investigation.

It’s not the first time this has happened at the cemetery. The graves of a 20 year old, and a baby also suffered the same fate some years ago. The families were obliged to cement down the figurines and statuettes, and then the damage stopped.

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