JEFF – Police in Perry County are investigating after several items were apparently stolen from graves at the Resthaven Cemetery.
Kenneth Hall is the cemetery’s owner, and said he learned of the theft this past weekend. The missing items included solar-powered lights and wind chimes, Hall said, adding that the thefts were reported to the sheriff’s office this week.
Deputies received a tip in the case, and the items were later recovered and brought back to the sheriff’s office for identification, explained Chief Deputy Tony Eversole. Authorities are now asking anyone who might recognize the items to positively identify them. One person had already done so, according to Eversole.
There is a suspect in the case, Eversole added, though charges are currently pending.
Hall said he hopes criminal charges will be filed, and expressed his disappointment in learning that his cemetery had been targeted.
“It’s just ridiculous to steal off of these graves like that,” Hall said. “We want people to be able to come out, put items and things on their loved ones graves without having to worry about whether or not someone’s going to steal them. We’re not going to tolerate it, no matter who it is.”
Sheriff Les Burgett noted that with the number of items recovered, it might also be possible that other cemeteries were targeted. He urged anyone who may be missing items from loved ones’ graves to contact the sheriff’s office at 606-439-4523.