Thieves Target Children's Graves in Circleville, Ohio Cemetery
- Thieves Target Children's Graves In Historic Cemetery
Tuesday, April 14, 2009 4:38 AM
CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio Monuments and grave markers are being stolen from a historic cemetery in Circleville.
Parts of at least five grave markers have been snatched in the past month, 10TV's Glenn McEntyre reported.
"(Robbers are) just breaking them off and taking them," said cemetery caretaker Martin Garner. "Why? I don't know, but they're just disappearing."
Vandalism and theft are nothing new at the cemetery, where burials have taken place for more than 150 years. But Garner said recent thefts have targeted children's gravestones.
A statue of a child once adorned a grave monument to a three-month-old girl, but the statue was recently cut off, leaving only the stone feet on top of the monument.
"It's a sacred spot. It's sacred," Garner said. "You can't get much lower than to steal from the dead."
Cemetery officials are asking visitors to report suspicious activity.
Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to contact Circleville Police at 740-474-8888.
- Man who shot ailing wife, self in Ft. Sheridan cemetery is identified
Tribune staff report
May 16, 2009
A man who authorities say killed himself and his seriously ill wife at the Ft. Sheridan Cemetery was identified Friday as James Stein, 73, of Highland Park.
Stein and his wife, Frieda, 72, lived on Patten Road and left behind suicide notes, Lake County Coroner Richard Keller said.
"The wife wrote a fairly extensive note explaining that she had stomach cancer, that she was failing and that she was in a lot of pain and she didn't want to fight it anymore," Keller said. "He wrote a note saying that he couldn't live without her."
A caretaker at the cemetery heard two shots around noon Thursday and notified police, said Chief John Tannahill of the Lake County Forest Preserve Ranger Police. They were pronounced dead at the cemetery at 1:26 p.m., officials said.
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