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Urns go missing, again, at Crestview Memorial Park

SoVaNow.com / March 19, 2014
For the second time in less than three years, Crestview Memorial Park has drawn the interest of thieves who have taken bronze flower urns from gravesites. Between March 11-13, an estimated 131 bronze vases were removed from the South Hill memorial park, according to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office.

Prior to the receiving the complaint, Sheriff Bobby Hawkins said his office received word from South Boston Police that gravesites in Halifax County were having their bronze urns pilfered.

“It appear that the thefts began around Chesapeake and moved west,” said Hawkins.

Investigator D. L. “Rusty” Callahan, who is currently assigned to the case, learned that similar vases were stolen from gravesites in Prince George, Chesapeake, and South Boston. On Tuesday, Woodlawn Cemetery in Norfolk joined the growing list of burial grounds with desecrated gravesites.

Hawkins said officials with Crestview Memorial Park have been “very helpful in this investigation.”

As it is possible that whoever took the urns plans to sell them for scrap, Callahan contacted Salvage Yards in Mecklenburg County and in neighboring jurisdictions in North Carolina.

Hawkins is encouraging the public to go by Crestview and "check your loved ones" to ensure the vases are still there. If not, call the Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number 434-738-6171 to make a report.”

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.

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Follow the money... This saying certainly applies here. These low-life thieves are disposing of their stolen goods through even lower-life metal recyclers. Strict enforcement and monitoring (sting operations?) of the October 2013 VA law which requires metal recyclers to verify sellers' ownership of metals before purchasing.


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