Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Graverobber busted

Secretary of State Catbert Hosemann issued the following press release:


Cemetery Vases Stolen from Meridian Memorial Park Cemetery

Meridian, MS—  On March 19, 2016, the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office charged Robert Eugene Davis, of Meridian, with multiple counts of grand larceny of merchandise in excess of $1000.00 (Miss. Code Ann. § 97-17-41).  The charges stem from cemetery flower vases that went missing from graves at Meridian Memorial Park Cemetery located on Old Highway 80.  Scores of flower vases were taken from graves at the cemetery. 

“Cemetery thieves stealing bronze from graves need to know they cannot sell them in Mississippi and when they try to, we intend to have them arrested,” says Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. 

On March 10, 2016, Davis attempted to sell several cemetery vases at Scotty’s Recycling in Philadelphia, MS.  Scotty’s Recycling declined to purchase the vases and alerted the Secretary of State’s Office of the attempt to scrap the vases.  The Secretary of State’s Office Regulation and Enforcement Division began an investigation using its statewide scrap metal reporting system in conjunction with the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office. 

Cemetery flower vases are typically molded from a bronze alloy, which has salvage value as scrap material. 

“We are working closely with the Secretary of State’s Office on this matter,” says Sheriff Billy Sollie.  “We certainly want any family members who have been affected to come forward.”

Anyone with additional information regarding the missing vases can contact the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office at 601-482-9806 or the Secretary of State’s Office at 601-359-9055.      


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(1) Any person who shall be convicted of taking and carrying away, feloniously, the personal property of another, of the value of One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) or more, but less than Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00), shall be guilty of grand larceny, and shall be imprisoned in the Penitentiary for a term not exceeding five (5) years; or shall be fined not more than Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00), or both. The total value of property taken and carried away by the person from a single victim shall be aggregated in determining the gravity of the offense.(2) Any person who shall be convicted of taking and carrying away, feloniously, the personal property of another, of the value of Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) or more, but less than Twenty-five Thousand Dollars ($25,000.00), shall be guilty of grand larceny, and shall be imprisoned in the Penitentiary for a term not exceeding ten (10) years; or shall be fined not more than Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00), or both. The total value of property taken and carried away by the person from a single victim shall be aggregated in determining the gravity of the offense.(3) Any person who shall be convicted of taking and carrying away, feloniously, the personal property of another, of the value of Twenty-five Thousand Dollars ($25,000.00) or more, shall be guilty of grand larceny, and shall be imprisoned in the Penitentiary for a term not exceeding twenty (20) years; or shall be fined not more than Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00), or both. The total value of property taken and carried away by the person from a single victim shall be aggregated in determining the gravity of the offense.  Miss. Code Ann. § 97-17-41, et. seq.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Special place in hell for him. And no flowers on his grave either

Anonymous said...

Only thing keeping the gold fillings in the buried's teeth is the amount of work involved to dig them up. No remorse for other than getting caught, if any, I would think.

Sexton said...

Some of the most prolific 'grave robbers' in history are those who do their 'robbing' prior to interment. Employees of funeral homes. They are probably very rarely, if ever, caught.

Anonymous said...

I just saw his picture on wlbt.com and I am pretty sure he needed the money to buy Meth and or crack.

Anonymous said...

That takes a special kind of scum to rob the dead.

Anonymous said...

3:10 PM The devil robbed everyone in the cemetery of their life.

Anonymous said...

3:59, the devil is imaginary, the thief was real.

Anonymous said...


#ALLGravesMatter

Anonymous said...



"I just saw his picture on wlbt.com and I am pretty sure he needed the money to buy Meth and or crack."
March 22, 2016 at 3:05 PM

METH, definitely. His collagen is GONE.

By the way: does anyone know if there are non-metallic replacement markers for Confederate graves? Several of our ancestors' iron crosses have been stolen, and it would be nice to have a replica in glass fibre reinforced concrete to replace them - hopefully microchip-embedded. Replacing metal ones is obviously foolish.

What I would do to someone I caught stealing them is something not fit to print.

A large marble urn was removed from my Great-grandmother's tomb by thieves, so pretty much anything of value... There are obviously a lot of 'people' in this state, who need to be rounded-up and exterminated.

A Watson said...

"SO SAD!!"such a violation FOR the dead and the living"

Deo Vindice said...

9:12 - Contact a local chapter of Sons of Confederate Veterans or United Daughters of The Confederacy. (Google will list chapters and contact info)

The last iron cross I placed on a Confederate grave is suspended from a chain welded to an iron post set in concrete.

We often see these items for sale on ebay and they have been stolen. Either of the organizations above will buy them off ebay for the purpose of putting them back where they belong. Anything that can be hocked will eventually be stolen from a cemetery.

Anonymous said...

Have you noticed that Delbert has a 'feature story' every week? This is the build up to either the U.S. Senate race or the next governor's race.
Frankly I'd vote for Delbert over our lightweight junior senator, Roger Wicker.

Anonymous said...

9:17, what does an election have to do with some low life scum stealing from the dead?

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