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Additional urn thefts uncovered outside county

SoVaNow.com / April 09, 2014
Mecklenburg County deputies continue to search for suspects in the ever expanding series of thefts of bronze flower urns from area cemeteries.

“Just this morning I learned that Hampton had 40 or so urns taken from one of their cemeteries,” said Lt. Chris Whittemore on Tuesday morning. “We are reaching out to them this morning to discuss possible suspects.”

Mecklenburg County along with deputies from the Halifax County Sheriff’s office have taken the lead on this investigation said Sheriff Bobby Hawkins, who believes that the thefts were perpetrated by the same person or group of people working together.

The Hampton cemetery urn thefts are the latest in the series that began in Chesapeake and Norfolk before moving west into Prince George, South Hill, and South Boston. Officials do not how many urns have been stolen so far, but it appears to be several hundred.

Crestview Memorial Park in South Hill had over 130 bronze flower urns taken from gravesites between March 11, 2014 and March 13, 2014. This is the second time in two years Crestview Memorial Park had urns stolen. In April 2012, urns were stolen from Crestview by Clint Anthony Reamey of Chase City. After being convicted of the thefts in November of that year, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison on two felony counts.

Over 100 urns were removed from South Boston’s Memorial Gardens cemetery in late March.

Hawkins continues to urge the public to go by the Crestview site and any other cemetery where there may be urns, “check your loved ones cemetery to ensure their vases are still there. If not call the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number 434-738-6171 to make a report.

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