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Updated: 6:53 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 | Posted: 4:25 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, 2013
MT. LEBANON, Pa. —
Police have arrested two men charged with robbing graves at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery.
Officials said ten bronze vases were stolen from headstones, pried off and then sold for scrap.
Police arrested Nathan Walz, 35 and Jason Olups, 35 of Carrick in connection with the robberies. Both men are charged with desecration and theft of venerated objects.
Officers told Channel 11 News they checked with local scrap yards and traced the sale of the stolen objects to Walz and Olups.
Carol McGurk, a visitor to the cemetery, told WPXI’s Jodine Costanzo the recent crimes are very troubling.
"I believe it's horrible. People come here to respect deceased members of a family. No one would expect this, especially in Mt. Lebanon. The police station is right there," said McGurk.
Mt. Lebanon police said they will continue to watch the cemetery closely.
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