Tomb of Serbia's legendary general desecrated
A brass ornament has been stolen from the tombstone of Serbian Vojvoda Stepa Stepanović, it has been confirmed in Čačak on Wednesday.Source: B92, Beta
Stepanović, who at the height of his career held the rank equivalent to field marshal, was a prominent military commander of the Serbian Kingdom who died and was laid to rest in this central Serbian town in 1929.
The director of the town's public services company that manages cemeteries, Verica Stanić, told Beta news agency that the theft had been reported and that the police investigated the scene.
Among his other achievements, Stepanović commanded the Serbian Kingdom's army in the first Allied victory of the First World War, when invading Austrian troops were defeated in the Battle of Cer.
Another grave of a distinguished Serbian was recently desecrated in Čačak - that of Milisav Gavrilović, one of the founders of the Fruit Research Institute.
Stanić explained that as an increasing number of thefts of metal objects was occurring, the company, which hires no guards, decided to ask the police to patrol the area at night.