Dozens of statues stolen from cemetery
SOUTHINGTON - Police are looking for a thief who is stealing from graveyards.
Over 40 statues and other valuable monuments have been stolen from gravestones at Saint Thomas Cemetery on Meriden Avenue in Southington.
"Wednesday night we discovered that two large statues were stolen from our family's gravestone at the cemetery in Southington," said Southington Town Council Chairman Mike Riccio, whose parents' gravesite was one of 40 that had statues stolen from them a couple of days ago. Those two statues were 3 feet high and are valued at $3,000 each.
Riccio said he learned from police and a local Catholic gift store that thieves are not cashing in the goods at local pawn shops, but taking them to New York City. The Italian marble often featured in cemeteries is fetching big money in overseas markets.
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Southington Police have increased patrols at the cemetery and a reward may soon be offered from the families pooling their money together in hopes of ferreting out information that could lead to an arrest. The Southington Police Department said officers now patrol the cemetery 15 to 20 times daily.
Waterbury Police believe the thefts happened over the last couple of weeks, and they value the total loss at upwards of $150,000.
Police said they are exploring every option potentially used to resell the statues, from online sites to pawn shops. It is unclear at this time if the thefts are connected.