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Memento stolen from gravestone leaves family heartbroken

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COXSACKIE, N.Y. - A theft at a cemetery in Coxsackie has left one local family heartbroken.

The family of Richard Sack, a 47-year-old man who passed away suddenly from a heart attack in 2002, noticed a symbolic part of his grave stone in Riverside Cemetery was missing last Thursday - a large bronze hawk.

The hawk was symbolic to the family because to them it represented Richard and who he was. Last week, though, it was taken.

They say not a day goes by that they don't think about him but this week emotions of his loss are running high.

"That statue meant the world to our family. I don't know how someone can do this," said his daughter, Christine Earing.

The caretakers of the Riverside Cemetery say this is extremely uncommon, as there have only been a handful of vandalism cases in the last two decades.

The family believes thieves may have targeted it because of its scrap metal value. The family hopes that it has not gone too far and that someone will return it to its rightful place. 

State police are now investigating the alleged theft, and the family has been going to local pawn shops to see if it turns up.

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