Theft of pounamu headstone leaves Rotorua family devastated

A circular pounamu headstone.
The headstone for Kurtis Jones. Photo credit: Facebook/hat2dabaack

A pounamu headstone stolen from a Rotorua cemetery has police appealing to the public for information to help find it. 

The headstone was custom made for Kurtis Jones' grave at Kauae cemetery and its loss has left his family and community devastated.

"To the people who stole the pounamu, thanks for breaking our hearts," Jones' sister Turene posted on her Facebook page as part of a plea for help from the public. 

It’s circular design was chosen by Jones' partner Melissa Ewins at the time of his death.

It represented an infinity bond between the couple, Newstalk ZB reports. 

While police currently have no leads regarding the theft, they are hopeful the stone can be identified and returned to bring some solace to the family.

"It's hard to fathom the lack of empathy or compassion displayed by some offenders. Police would love to able to help restore the pounamu to its proper place and hold those responsible accountable," Senior Sergeant Karl Konlechner told Newshub.  

"If you have any information regarding this theft, please don't hesitate to call us."

The theft was reported to police on July 2 though it is estimated to have been stolen between June 14 and 21.

Anyone who has seen the stolen headstone, or has information about this theft, can contact police on 105 quoting file number 190702/0737, or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.