Man arrested, accused of stealing cemetery vases

Police have arrested a 44-year-old Muscatine man on suspicion of stealing dozens of brass vases that marked graves at a local cemetery.

Thomas Edgar Thornburg was arrested Thursday night on suspicion of theft.

A police report filed last month said 15-20 vases had been taken from Muscatine Memorial Park. Cemetery officials later said up to 50 of the urns may be missing.

The vases are chained to markers at the cemetery, are 10 inches (254 millimeters) tall and weigh up to 8 pounds (4 kilograms). Cemetery manger Cindy Allen has said each vase can cost up to $650 to replace.

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