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Senseless Act

April 11, 2013
Times Leader

WAS $25.50 worth it?

The men accused in a case involving a $36,000 brass statue stolen from an Ohio veterans' cemetery and then breaking it up and selling parts of it for scrap probably don't think so now.

They probably thought they'd never be apprehended.

One man from Hubbard was caught a short time after the broken statue of a World War II veteran in the Mahoning Valley Memorial Park and the grave marker were stolen. His bond initially was set at $82,500 after he was charged with receiving stolen property and theft.

Ohio law provides that if the value of the property involved is $1,000 or more, receiving stolen property is a felony of the fifth degree.

The other man apprehended later was charged with attempted theft, criminal trespass and burglary. The (Youngstown) Vindicator reports his bail was set at $25,000.

A hand, rifle and five other pieces of the 4-foot statue were turned over to police by the recycling center. The torso weighing more than 200 pounds was recovered after being located in a Pennsylvania scrap yard.

The statue had stood guard for four decades at the cemetery containing the graves of individuals who defended our country.

This vandalism shocked the cemetery overseer, who noted the vandalism was disrespectful to the veterans buried there.

It isn't the first time in recent days that a statue has been damaged. In Missouri, a statue of Jesus and Mary was wrecked on a high school campus.

The heavy metal statue was pushed over its pedestal, and it is estimated that repairs will cost at least $1,000.

The statue in the Youngstown area, however, needs to be replaced, and it would be costly.

"To replace it will cost thousands of dollars. The cost factor aside, who would be that disrespectful?" the cemetery caretaker told a reporter for The Vindicator.

The situation since the destruction has taken a positive aspect. According to The Tribune-Chronicle, Warren, calls have been received from veterans' groups and people from miles away, being willing to help.

At least some people are respectful.

 
 

 

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