GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - A Grand Junction man is accused of stealing $9,000 worth of urns from a cemetery, mostly from the headstones of military veterans.
The Daily Sentinel reports that 26-year-old David Gillespie was ordered held Wednesday at the Mesa County Jail (http://bit.ly/182Eorh ). He faces charges of theft and desecration of venerated objects.
Authorities say Gillespie took the urns from Memorial Gardens, then sold some of them for $124. A cemetery employee reported 15 missing urns in May.
The urns were designed to hold flowers and not cremated human remains. They were about 5 pounds and 12 inches tall.
On June 20, Grand Junction Metal Movers called authorities after Gillespie allegedly showed up with 11 brass urns and sold them. Gillespie presented his driver's license during the transaction, leading to his arrest.