Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Have You Seen This Grave Robber?

A Middletown Police Department press release, unedited.  There ought to be a statue against stealing statutes.
On Sunday, September 14, 2014, Middletown Police were called to investigate a theft of a statute placed at a grave site at Calvary Cemetery. The cemetery is located at #307 Bow Lane. The family of the deceased recently placed a camera near the grave site of their loved one to identify the person(s) vandalizing the gravestone. What was captured on video from Saturday, September 13th, 2014, was a white female operating a white SUV who stops, exits her vehicle, picks up the statute, and places it in her vehicle. The female stands in front of the gravesite momentarily, walks past it, and then returns to her vehicle to leave the area with the stolen statute.

The statute of the angel is valued at approximately $100.00, but the sentimental value is priceless. Middletown Police asks for the public’s assistance in identifying this female. Officer Robert Kraeger can be reached at 860-638-4000 x310 or at rkraeger@middletownctpolice.com.
Update from the Middletown Police, 9:40PM

The Middletown Police Department would like to thank the media outlets for assisting us with the investigation into the stolen statue from Cavalry Cemetery. After the media aired the video and/or the still photographs, the detective bureau received several phone calls identifying several possible suspects.

A local person of interest was identified. Shortly thereafter the person of interest contacted the Middletown Police Department. She agreed to come into the police department for an interview. Upon her arrival at the police department the suspect turned over the statue and was cooperative with detectives. The suspects name is being withheld at this time as detectives are still investigating the larceny.

Anyone with additional information pertaining to this incident is encouraged to contact the MPD Major Investigations Unit at 860-638-4140.


Sarah Frost said...

How sad that the sanctity of a gravesite now must be videotaped to catch daylight vandals.

Sarah Frost, Middletown

Anonymous said...


There is a statute already.

Anonymous said...

How about mandatory spell and grammar check?

Anonymous said...

My parents are very at Calvary. We just have a regular marker a few flowers. I feel sorry for others who have gorgeous statues or larger items. It takes a deranged person to want these things in my opinion