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Veterans’ Headstones Stolen to Build Cemetery Worker’s Carport Floor

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On July 21st, the Washington Post released an article about a local RI groundskeeper for a Veterans cemetery….

“At a veterans cemetery in Rhode Island, an employee who was supposed to be taking care of the graves pillaged more than 150 granite headstones, many of them still inscribed with the names of the veterans. Then he took the markers home to build a floor for his carport.”

Kevin Maynard’s house in Charlestown, R.I. had two makeshift carports, one of which had Maynard’s red, late-model Ford truck parked. Maynard, 59, had been stealing the headstones from a secured area on cemetery grounds since 2009.

On one, the inscription honoring a World War II veteran and his wife were intact:

ROMEO J A PELLETIER
TEC4 US ARMY
WORLD WAR II
JUL 51919 JUN 21 2011
HIS WIFE GRACE JOYCE
OCT 31925 JAN 231991

“The employees told investigators for the police and VA’s inspector general that he bragged about stealing the gravestones and using them at his home. “

Maynard, who has since resigned, was arraigned on Monday, July 20th in U.S. District Court, entering into  a plea agreement that will allow him to serve one year’s probation and 500 hours of community service.

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Read the full story here:

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/wp/2015/07/14/how-more-than-150-headstones-for-veterans-graves-were-plundered-to-build-the-floor-of-a-carport/