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Duo facing over 50 criminal counts

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Police say they stole from the dead

By Susan Sharp

Dead men may tell no tales but police still found out who stole from two cemeteries.

The Campbell County Sheriff’s Department began investigating the theft of 18 bronze vases from Woodlawn Cemetery after several people noticed them missing from headstones. This was in late September.

Ten days later, the CCSD received a report that 22 bronze vases had been taken from Campbell County Memorial Gardens.

Over the course of the investigation, Eric Clyde White, 31, 1903 Loop Road, LaFollette, and Shane Alan Trombley, 22, 2123 Jacksboro Pike, LaFollette, were identified as suspects.

When questioned by authorities, the two men allegedly admitted to stealing the vases, according to CCSD Detective Brandon Elkins. They also said after stealing the vases they cut them into pieces, selling the remnants at a Kentucky scrap yard. Before the vases were dismantled, their estimated value was $8,900, according to Elkins.

It was further discovered the pair was responsible for the burglary of a work truck that was used at the memorial gardens. White and Trombley allegedly admitted they had taken over $3,000 worth of tools from the truck. The tools were later sold at various pawnshops, the CCSD report said.

Each has been charged with 50 counts of desecration of a venerated object along with other theft and burglary charges.

They are scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 29.