- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

HANSON, Mass. (AP) - City officials say memorial plaques that were believed to have been stolen were only temporarily taken down for maintenance.

The Enterprise reports (https://bit.ly/1ssfaAm ) Mary Ellen Callahan frantically called Hanson police Tuesday night when she discovered the memorial sign for her son, a Marine who was killed in Iraq in 2007, was missing.

She says the police told her they’ve been having problems with signs getting stolen and sold for scrap metal.

But Bob Arsenault, the veteran’s agent in town, revealed Wednesday he removed the 19 plaques last week for maintenance and repairs. Arsenault and volunteers also painted the poles.

Arsenault says he was unable to contact Callahan before taking down the plaque. He says it will be back up by Wednesday evening.

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