Bethalto Police call cemetery thieves ‘despicable’ and promise they’ll be caught

Illinois

BETHALTO, Ill. – Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto is a peaceful place where visitors can reflect on the memories of their loved ones. Tracy Marcias visited the cemetery Wednesday to make sure a flower display for her friend was still intact. She was disturbed to discover dozens of copper vases used to hold flowers left for loved ones had been stolen.

“It’s heartbreaking,” she said. “Obviously, they never lost anybody or cared about anybody they lost.”

The cemetery owner made the discovery Monday. Approximately 80 vases were taken from an area known as the Island of Memories Columbarium.

“We found a lot of flowers all sitting here on the ground which normally we would not have,” said Rose Lawn Memory Gardens owner Tim Kallal.

Joe Pruitt has visited the cemetery many times. His grandmother is buried there. He owns Pruitt Mechanical Services and was so disturbed over the crime he is donating $4,000 to help replace the vases.

“I just think that it was important for somebody to step up and do something,” said Pruitt.

Bethalto Police are investigating and through a social media post declared, “Despicable offender(s) sought in Bethalto theft investigation.”

The post went on to read, “As for the suspect(s), who I’m sure will see this post, I want you to know that our officers will identify and apprehend you, and our State’s Attorney’s Office will ensure you are relocated to the state ran facility for which you belong. You would serve yourself well by turning yourself in and showing the courts that you have some small amount of remorse and decency. I’ll be waiting for your call, and or will be here to welcome you into our facility when you are arrested.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Bethalto police department by sending a message through Facebook or by calling the department at 618-377-5266.

About FOX 2 News

FOX 2 and KPLR 11 in St. Louis cover the news in Missouri and Illinois. There are over 68 hours of live news and local programming on-air each week. Our website and live video streams operate 24/7. Download our apps for alerts and follow us on social media for updates in your feed.

President Harry Truman said: “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” That spirit is alive and well at Fox 2. Our teamwork is on display each and every day.

Our news slogan is: “Coverage You Can Count On.” We quite frankly are too busy to worry about who gets the credit. Our main concern is serving the viewer.

We go where the stories take us. Whether it be Washington, D.C when a Belleville man opened fire during a congressional baseball game practice or to Puerto Rico where local Ameren crews restored power after more than 5 months in the dark.

Coverage You Can Count On means “Waking up your Day” with our top-rated morning show. From 4:00 am-10:00 am we are leading the way with breaking news. But our early morning crew also knows how to have some fun! Our strong commitment to the communities we serve is highlighted with our Friday neighborhood shows.

Our investigative unit consists of three reporters. Elliott Davis focuses on government waste, Chris Hayes is our investigative reporter, and Mike Colombo is our consumer reporter. They work in unison with the news department by sharing resources and ideas.

We continue to cover breaking news aggressively and relied on our seasoned journalists to make a difference with the stories we covered. The shooting of Arnold Police Officer Ryan O’Connor is just one example of that. Jasmine Huda was the only reporter who had exclusive access to the O’Connor family during his amazing rehabilitation in Colorado.

Last, but certainly not least, FOX 2 and KPLR 11 are committed to covering local politics. We host debates among candidates and have the most extensive presidential election coverage. Our commitment to politics isn’t just during an election year. We produce two political shows that air every weekend.

Popular

Latest News

More News