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Transient caught stealing plaques

(Suspect in custody)…He was caught stealing plaques off the Calexico Veteran’s Memorial.

48-year-old Ricardo Quinones was taken into custody early Thursday morning. Police say they saw the transient removing bronze plaques from the Memorial. They say over 70 of the plaques with the names of local veteran’s have been stolen from the Memorial. It is suspected Quinones took the plaques to Mexicali and sold them for scrap. Police say they are trying to retrieve as many plaques as possible. Quinones was booked into County Jail. Local Veteran’s groups say they will try and replace as many plaques as they can. The Calexico Veteran’s Memorial Monument is located next to The Calexico City Hall.