A scrap yard called Akron police's Pawn Division after the men allegedly tried to sell the vases
SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP -- Two men are facing charges after police say they were caught trying to sell goods stolen from a local cemetery.
A scrap yard called Akron police's Pawn Division after the men allegedly tried to sell 180 bronze vases that stood as part of tombstones.
Police say the vases were stolen from Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Springfield Township.
Springfield Township police arrested 47-year-old Greg Wade Thursday for receiving stolen property. Daniel Parr, 30, turned himself in to police Monday morning. He also faces a felony count for receiving stolen property.
Detective John Lombardi says the men were paid about $1,300 for the bronze, which has been melted down at a different recycling facility.
Lombardi says the vandalism caused at least $35,000 in damage.
For families who are victims, it's a loss over again.
"Initially, you're upset, and it's just because it's disrespectful to family," said Ryan Calcei.
Calcei's grandparents and great aunt are buried at Hillside. Their graves are just three of 180 that now need replacement vases that cost more than $200 a piece.
"It's a cemetery. There are certain things that are held sacred, or you'd think are held sacred. So that's one of the things that's a little disappointing as well," he said.
Police say they are still working to figure out if homeowners' insurance or if the cemetery's insurance could help recoup that cost.
Calcei says his family is still considering options for replacing the vases, including a cap for that portion of the tombstone.