Arrest made in stolen grave markers case - FOX 35 News Orlando

Arrest made in stolen grave markers case

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

A cemetery worker is being held in the Volusia County Jail on grand theft charges. Officers said he stole bronze markers from gravesites.

Robert Jones, 44, is accused of stealing bronze markers from Daytona Memorial Park, where he was a maintenance man at the cemetery for six years.

"I think it's an outrage. I think it's an outrage that it should happen," said Bob Bonner who visits the cemetery often.  He checked his families plot as soon as he heard what had happened. "My mother, father and uncle are buried over there on the other side.  Are the markers still there? Yes, they're still there."

According to the arrest affidavit, Jones sold the markers to a scrap yard to melt down. 

The owner of a local funeral home said they were able to get the six markers back, but during the investigation, Jones told detectives that he took 100 other bronze markers over the past few months. 

The funeral home is working with the families to replace the markers at cost. The bronze markers which usually sell for $2,300, will cost families between $800 to $1,300 to replace.

According to the arrest report, Jones received $276 for the metal.  Visitors like Bonner said it's sad.

"The cemeteries are for the living, those of us who are grieving."

The funeral home owner said he has increased security by putting up gates and cameras to prevent other thefts.

 

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