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Police seek to return stolen gravesite urns

SoVaNow.com / September 26, 2012
Mecklenburg County Sheriff Bobby Hawkins is seeking to return nearly 200 brass flower urns stolen from Crestwood Memorial Park last April to their rightful owners.

Hawkins said his office can release the urns now that Clint Anthony Reamey, 42, of Chase City has entered an Alford Plea to multiple felony counts, including grand larceny, larceny with intent to sell and receiving stolen property, stemming from their theft damage to gravesites at the memorial park located on Highway 1-N in South Hill.

Reamey entered the plea during a court appearance on Sept. 11. He will be sentenced at a later date.

An Alford Plea is a guilty plea in criminal court, except the defendant does not admit to having engaged in the act. Instead, the defendant admits that sufficient evidence exists with which the prosecution could likely convince a judge or jury to convict the defendant of the crime.

Sgt. D.L. “Rusty” Callahan is in charge of returning the urns, which will begin Oct. 20. Callahan and other deputies will call everyone who filed a complaint in the order in which the complaints were received. The victims will receive instructions for meeting deputies at Crestview Memorial Park on Oct. 20. The second group of fifty will be invited on Oct. 21, the third group on Oct. 27 and the final group of on Oct. 28.

Anyone hoping to retrieve an urn must bring a photo ID with them to claim their property.

Callahan said that people who do not live in the county and unable to attend either weekend, can name a surrogate to retrieve their urns by writing a letter to the person whom they wish to have pick up their belongings. The letter must contain the owners information and be notarized. “We will honor the letter along with a photo ID,” Callahan added.

If you have any questions please wait until you are contacted and if you are not contacted before the return process begins please call Sgt. D.L. “Rusty” Callahan.

In other matters, Mecklenburg sheriff’s deputies are investigating a rash of burglaries.

On Sept. 21, Deputy Josh Watts received a complaint that a 1996 Gheenoe Broad Beam Boat green was removed from a dock at the 1700 block of Great Creek Drive. Watts said the victim described the boat as “similar to a canoe except it has the option to put a motor on the rear mount of the stern. His did not have a motor.

That same day, Cpl. Rusty Gordon was dispatched to the 2600 block of Mineral Springs Road to investigate the alleged theft of a 50” LG flat screen TV. Gordon said the victim claimed to have returned home from work to find the TV missing, but there were no signs of forced entry.

Deputy Natasha Brown is looking into the theft of several metal items from a residence at 250 Middle School Road, including an old iron stove, freezers, washers, and a Toyota Tercel car. The victim placed the value of the items at $400, and said they disappeared sometime between mid-July and the date of the call.

Crime Solvers encourages anyone with information in these cases or any other crimes, to please call the Mecklenburg County Crime Solvers at 1-877-676-8477. Remember that you do not have to give your name, just your information. If your information leads to an arrest or indictment, you could receive up to a $1,000.00 reward.



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