Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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August 3, 2012

Cemetery vases recycled, woman nabbed

KOKOMO, Ind. – A woman charged with taking more than 150 bronze vases from two local cemeteries, now says they may have been stolen, but she was not the thief.

Amanda R. Edwards was arrested this week after police received a tip that the decorative gravesite pieces had been sold to a recycling center.

Witnesses said they saw Edwards bring in a number of bronze vases on several occasions to the salvage yard to sell.

Receipts showed the 33-year-old woman brought in 1,480 pounds of bronze and was paid $1.60 a pound. All total, she was paid $2,368 by the salvage yard.

According to police, families paid an estimated $350 for each vase.

When questioned by police, Edwards first told investigators she found the vases in a creek bed. She later changed her story and said the vases were found near an old train tressel.

Her bond was set at $5,000 and a court state was set for next week.

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Details for this story were provided by The Kokomo (Ind.) Tribune.

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