Bail was set at $75,000 today for a former cemetery employee charged with stealing 24 bronze vases from grave markers in unincorporated Cook County.
Vincent Peterson, 24, of Bensenville was charged with felony theft, accused of taking the vases -- worth about $300 each -- from the Randhill and Shalom Memorial Park cemeteries in the 1700 block of West Rand Road near Arlington Heights, according to the Cook County sheriff's office.
About 1 p.m. Thursday the cemeteries called sheriff's police and said the approximately 5-pound, foot-tall vases had been stolen. About an hour later Villa Park police called the sheriff's office and said a man was reported selling bronze grave marker vases at a recycling center, police said.
Peterson was arrested driving away from the recycling center, where he had sold 10 of the vases, and police found another 14 vases in plain view in his vehicle, according to the sheriff's office.
Although the vases are worth about $300 each, Peterson had sold the 10 for only $7 each, police said. When he was arrested Peterson was wearing a Shalom Memorial Park T-shirt, and authorities said he was identified as a former employee of the cemetery.
Charges were approved late Thursday and Peterson appeared Friday in the Rolling Meadows courthouse, where his bail was set at $75,000 and a next court date of July 18 was set, according to the sheriff's office.Copyright © 2015, RedEye