Arrest made in Southington cemetery statue thefts - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Arrest made in Southington cemetery statue thefts

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James Gill (Southington Police) James Gill (Southington Police)

Southington police have arrested a man accused of stealing statues from the St. Thomas Cemetery.

Police arrested 43-year-old James Gill, of Meriden, and charged him with third-degree larceny, interference with a cemetery, and unlawful possession or sale of gravestones.

Southington police said over the past year, the cemetery has reported numerous thefts of religious statues from headstones.

The statues range from 2 feet to 4 feet high, and were constructed of hand-carved marble, police said.

Police estimate the value of the statues to be between $2,300 and $6,000.

Fifteen statues were recovered, and three were positively identified as being taken from St. Thomas Cemetery and were sold by James Gill to third parties.

The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information should contact police at 860-378-1648.

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