Posted: Jan 26, 2012 9:02 AM by AP
Updated: Jan 26, 2012 9:10 AM
BALL, La. (AP) - Rapides Parish sheriff's deputies have arrested three Pineville residents in the theft of vases from a cemetery in Ball.
The Town Talk reports Kimberly Deville, Billy Johnson and Deborah Price were arrested this week and were each booked with 612 counts of theft from a religious building, cemetery or graveyard and criminal conspiracy in connection with the theft of vases from Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
The stolen vases are ones that hold flowers and are placed at gravesites.
Authorities believe Fitzgerald and Deville were selling the vases to local scrap yards for profit.
Officials said the value of the vases is estimated at $575 each, but some cost more than $1,000 each. The total value of the stolen vases has been estimated at more than $250,000.