GEORGETOWN, SC (WCSC) - Georgetown investigators have arrested a man in connection with a cemetery robbery.
Jeremy Greene, 23, has been charged with the theft of grave property. He reportedly stole vases valued at over $400 from Morning Glory Cemetery on Penny Royal Road.
The thefts were reported on July 12 by Wallace McKnight of the McKnight-Fraser Funeral Home. McKnight told the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office that at least six vases had been stolen between July 7 and July 11.
After the vases were reported stolen, the police department was contacted by a Georgetown recycling center. Workers at the recycling center reported that someone had attempted to sell brass vases to them. The recycling center was able to provide police with the man's name, a description of his truck and a tag number.
Police tracked down Greene at the Oak Tree car wash. Greene told police that he no longer had the vases, because he had put them in trash cans, and the cans had been emptied.
With the help of the Sanitation Department, police were able recover the 17 stolen vases before they made it to the landfill.
Greene is currently being held at the Georgetown County Detention Center.