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Pa. man charged with selling veterans' grave markers


Published: Mon, January 11, 2010 @ 12:37 p.m.

MEADVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A northwestern Pennsylvania man reportedly sold roughly 100 brass markers stolen from veterans’ graves for scrap.

Forty-five-year-old Raymond Ebbert, of Meadville, faces a hearing Jan. 18 on charges of receiving stolen property and desecrating or selling venerated objects.

Police say Ebbert sold the items for $730 — or $1.25 per pound — in November. A worker at the scrap yard contacted police once he determined the objects were grave markers that had been cut in pieces. Some of the markers have been reassembled and returned to a cemetery.

Crawford County officials say they pay about $50 each to place the markers on graves.


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