Veteran's Markers Are Being Stolen From Cemeteries

A disturbing crime spree in southeastern Kentucky, police say someone has been stealing markers off veteran's graves.

Police arrested one man and say more arrests are possible as they continue to receive reports of markers missing from graves in Laurel and Clay Counties.

To the families with loved ones buried at this cemetery, this is sacred ground that's been defiled.

Of the seven stolen bronze plaques marking the final resting place of veterans in Clay and Laurel Counties, two were here in the Wyatt family plot.

Roger Wyatt was a decorated sailor who served during the Korean War, for Now there is nothing noting his passing.

Roger's brother, Raymond is buried nearby, he was a sailor too and stationed in Japan.

His bronze marker is gone as well.

Roger Jewell is in the Laurel jail in connection with the thefts and more arrests are expected.

Four of the plaques have been located at a metal recycling center in Clay County and are in the process of being returned.

The Laurel County Sheriff is urging families to visit cemeteries to make sure the graves of loved ones are untouched.

The sheriff in Laurel County says it costs $450.00 to replace a single plaque.

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