Bethalto police trying to return stolen grave markers to families

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BETHALTO, Ill. (AP) _ Police in a southwestern Illinois village are asking for the public’s help in returning grave markers, monuments and statues to families of the deceased.

The Alton Telegraph reports that the cemetery items were recovered after investigators in April arrested two brothers suspected of stealing them.

Police say they have only been able to identify family ownership of 11 of the items, and 14 statues remain unidentified. Authorities say the suspects routinely traveled in Madison, Macoupin and Montgomery counties.

Anyone whose relative’s gravesite is missing a statue or marker is being asked to contact Bethalto police at 318-377-5266.

Information from: The Telegraph,