Thieves targeted a memorial in Caldwell County that remembers 10-year-old Zahra Baker.
Someone stole items from the memorial along Christy Road, which is the area where police discovered some of the girl’s remains in the fall of 2010.
Zahra's stepmother, Elisa Baker, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the girl’s death.
Shortly after Zahra’s death, the community came together to create the memorial to honor her.
But recently, someone took two angels and a family Bible from the memorial.
Jake Icenhour and his wife led efforts to have the memorial built.
“When you do stuff like that, it is going to come home to you, he said. “The Lord only puts up with so much.”
“Shame on them,” Priscilla Icenhour said. “I can't believe people would come to a memorial site and steal something off of it. It is a disgrace.”
Businesses across the area donated supplies and workers volunteered to build the memorial.
After Zahra's story got nationwide attention, some people traveled long distances to see the memorial. One of the angels came from a woman in Texas, and the other was donated by someone in Winston-Salem.
Area resident Belinda Van Huss and her mother drive by the memorial often.
“I don't understand someone being that mean,” she said. “We've all seen the story. We all know about her. I think it is terrible.”
The Icenhours hope photos of the stolen statues lead to an arrest in the case. They hope someone recognizes them and calls police.
“They got a rude awakening somewhere down the line,” Jake Icenhour said. “You can only get away with so much stuff.”
Sheriff’s deputies plan on stepping up patrols in the area. Many area residents said they will be paying closer attention to the site until someone is caught.