Arrests in theft from graves
By James Peacemaker, Jr. Managing Editor
Aug 9, 2013, 13:45
CHESTERFIELD — Two men have been charged with stealing bronze vases from a Chesterfield cemetery.
Kenneth L. Jones, 44, of the 800 block of North Ave., Richmond, and Van Terry Maurice Fields, 44, of Richmond, were charged in relation to the theft of more than 150 bronze vases from Dale Memorial Park on May 21 or 22, according to Chesterfield police spokeswoman Elizabeth Caroon.
Caroon said the vases were taken to an area recycling facility but none of the vases were recovered.
The vases were estimated to cost tens of thousands of dollars.
The thefts at Dale Memorial Park, which is located near Pocahontas State Park, came at the same time as numerous other cemetery vase thefts in the area.
On May 21, Southlawn Memorial Park, located at 1819 Birdsong Road, Prince George, reported 28 metal cemetery vases stolen from gravesites.
On May 22, Merchant Hope Memorial Gardens Cemetery, located at 11302 Merchants Hope Road, Prince George, reported 80 bronze cemetery vases stolen from gravesites. Several cemeteries near Interstate 95 in Chesterfield and Henrico were also hit during the same time period, according to Hopewell-Prince George Crime Solvers.
Caroon said Prince George police are aware of the arrest and the investigation is ongoing.
Numerous cemeteries in the area have been hit by thieves in the past few years due to the amount of money they can get by recycling the metal.
In Chesterfield, Jones and Fields are facing charges of grand larceny, conspiracy to commit larceny, larceny with intent to sell/distribute and trespassing in a cemetery at night.
Jones is also listed as a fugitive in Maryland, according to online court records.
Jones and Fields were arrested in relation to a similar theft and were ultimately tied to this theft, Caroon said.
Fields also is facing charges of grand larceny and entering property to damage in Henrico. He was arrested July 10 with an offense date listed as Jan. 29, according to online court records.
He has had several other charges in the past related to thefts.
Jones and Fields are both in custody and are set to appear in Chesterfield General District Court on Oct. 15.