SOUTHWEST GREENSBURG (KDKA) – A local widow was heartbroken after one of the few things she had to remember her late husband was stolen.

However, shortly before noon, the item was returned to her and her family.

Janice Sterf had a hole in her front yard where a stone once stood. The stone had a Harley Davidson logo and the family’s name carved into it.

“He didn’t have a burial site with a memorial on it. I had my husband cremated. So, this rock has become a memorial to him,” Sterf said.

The family can’t figure out why someone would steal a rock that has another person’s name on it. They also can’t figure out how the thieves stole it.

“It’s a big rock. Probably close to 300 pounds,” Sterf said.

“We put it in the ground. It’s probably in the ground about a foot and we did put some cement around it,” Dan Sterf said. “Nothing was heard. That’s what’s puzzling me.”

The family waited and hoped the rock would be returned.

Shortly before noon on Tuesday, the rock was returned, but it was broken almost in half.

“We found the rock in a yard at 313 Pennsylvania Avenue in the city of Greensburg. We got a call from an anonymous source this morning that told us that the rock was there,” Chief Chris Kent said.

Janice Sterf said she’s happy to have the rock back and all is forgiven.

According to Chief Kent, several other lawn ornaments were stolen and destroyed over the last few days.

Whoever is responsible will face charges.


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