Anniston police use Facebook to return stolen grave markers
by Brian Anderson
banderson@annistonstar.com
Oct 17, 2013 | 5087 views |  0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Thanks to social media, Anniston police located the site where three grave markers were stolen earlier this month.

On Oct. 8, Anniston police posted photos on the department’s Facebook page that showed metal grave markers for Edith Johnson as well as Vietnam veteran Cecil Young and World War II veteran Robert Lindsey. Police recovered the markers from a trash bin outside of a scrap shop where an employee reported that a man tried to sell them, said Anniston police Capt. Allen George.

Through help from the public and the website findagrave.com, investigators determined the markers were stolen from Eden Hills Cemetery on West 21st Street. Nearly 30 people left comments on the Facebook page, including friends and family of the deceased.

George said police don’t have any suspects in the theft.

While theft of metal vases attached to gravestones is common, according to George, stealing metal markers is unusual.

George said police were able to send the marker for Young to his family. Young received a Bronze Star for his service.

Staff writer Brian Anderson: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @BAnderson_Star.

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