Woman charged with graveyard thefts

Woman charged with graveyard thefts

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro woman faces grave consequences after police say she stole dozens of memorial vases from a local cemetery.

A Craighead County district court judge found probable cause Monday to charge Misti Riddell, 31, with theft by receiving greater than $5,000 but less than $25,000. If convicted, she could be sentenced 3 to 10 years in prison and fined as much as $10,000.

Riddell is accused of stealing 21 bronze vases from Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery, 3910 Harrisburg Rd.

Court documents revealed Riddell sold the vases to a local recycling center. The center's managers called police and turned over the paperwork documenting the transactions, the affidavit stated.

Later that same day, an unidentified man brought "several vases" to the police department. He told officers Riddell had placed the items in his storage shed.

On Monday, Nov. 9, a detective interviewed Riddell about the allegations.

According to the initial incident report, Riddell stated she had "never set foot" in a cemetery to commit a theft; but, she did admit to using her ID to sell them.

"She also admitted to knowing the items were stolen," the affidavit stated.

Riddell is also suspected in another graveyard theft in Wynne, according to police reports.

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