Police are appealing for information following the theft of part of a memorial, funded by the community, in Pitteuchar.
Enquiries are ongoing after the sundial from the peace garden - dedicated to the memory of local soldiers Marc Ferns and Scott McArdle who died in Iraq, and the late local councillor Michael Woods - was stolen.
The theft is believed to have taken place sometime between 2.00 p.m. and midnight on Monday, June 2.
The money to fund the garden was raised by the local community and the Exit Centre committee, and the crime has left the community dismayed.
Sergeant Joanne McEwan said: “A theft of this kind is something that causes us all to question just what type of person would carry out such a despicable act of damage.
“The community came together in their grief and in support of Marc Ferns’ family to dedicate a lasting memorial to him, and the individuals responsible for this theft have caused great distress to all concerned. It has left many in the community shocked and disgusted.”
The peace garden, near the Exit Centre, is in an area that is well overlooked and frequented by members of the public and it is hoped local people will be able to assist officers with their investigation.
Sergeant McEwan added: “There is a significant on-going enquiry being undertaken to find the culprits and I would urge anyone who believes that they may have information to get in touch. The sundial itself is a distinctive item and I am confident therefore that someone knows something that could help us.”