SADDLE BROOK - Authorities say graveyard markers in Saddle Brook were ripped off so they could be sold for cash.

The grave markers are bronze plaques, a mark of honor for War Veterans. Saddle Brook Police Chief Robert J. Kugler tells News 12 New Jersey, "It's hard to believe somebody would stoop so low to take a plaque commemorating the brave men and women of our armed forces."

Chief Kugler suspects the markers were taken this past weekend, and thinks the thieves could strike again, so he's putting out the alert.

Saddle Brook Police say metal thefts have become a problem there, with railroad spikes and metal ties also stolen, to be sold as scrap. Police are asking people to be vigilant when visiting area cemeteries and to report anything suspicious.