Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Jeffrey T. Burke charged with stealing $100k worth of vases from cemeteries

More than 400 grave marker vases, valued at more than $100,000, have been recovered by police after a 35-year-old man suspected of stealing vases from cemeteries in the west suburbs was arrested.

The suspect, Jeffrey T. Burke of Hometown, pleaded guilty in 2007 for a similar theft in DuPage County, according to the Elmhurst Police Department.

Burke was arrested last Friday, Aug. 5, by Elmhurst police for stealing brass vases from grave markers at two Elmhurst cemeteries, a cemetery in unincorporated Will Coounty and other unidentified cemeteries, a release from Elmhurst police said. During their investigation, police recovered more than 400 of these vases, with a value of more than $100,000.

It is alleged that Burke took the vases to a scrap yard to exchange them for cash, police said. (more)