Cemetery Worker Charged with Swiping, Selling Grave Vases

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    Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says a former cemetery worker faces charges for allegedly stealing bronze vases from gravesites, then trying to sell them for scrap.

    A former cemetery worker faces charges for allegedly stealing bronze vases from gravesites, then trying to sell them for scrap, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said.

    Twenty-four-year-old Bensenville resident Vincent Peterson was charged with felony theft for allegedly swiping vases from the Randhill and Shalom Memorial Park cemeteries in Arlington Heights.

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    Dart says cemetery officials called police on Thursday to report thefts of the vases, which are about a foot tall and valued at $300 each.

    About an hour later, the Villa Park Police Department got a tip that a man was selling grave marker vases at a recycling center.

    Officers stopped Peterson and allegedly found 14 bronze vases in his vehicle. Another 10 had been sold for $7 each to the recycler.

    Peterson once worked at Shalom Memorial Park.