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Suspect Charged in Reno Cemetery Vase Thefts

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Police are investigating the theft of several decorative brass vases from a Reno cemetery have arrested a man accused of trying to sell them for scrap.

Police say 49-year-old David Frayer of Reno has been charged with possession of stolen property after he allegedly tried to sell the cut-up brass pieces on Jan. 16 at a metal recycling yard just east of downtown.

Lt. William Rulla says six vases valued at about $200 each were stolen from northwest Reno's Mountain View Cemetery, where they were used as flower holders at burial markers.

Rulla told the Reno Gazette-Journal ( on Monday that Frayer claimed someone gave him the vase pieces. But Rulla says detectives found brass shavings on his shirt and cutting equipment in his motel room. 

Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal,   (AP)

Mountain View Cemetery released this statement:

We at Mountain View understand how upsetting an event like this can be to grieving families and our staff and would like to assure to every family that we are doing everything possible to rectify this situation including additional security.

While vandalism is rare at the Cemetery it does occur from time to time.
We have at least 72 vases missing from markers that we are aware of. With over 160 acres and as a nonprofit cemetery we unfortunately do not have the staff to check each and every marker. We are asking families when visiting to check their vases in the markers and alert the office staff if your vase is missing.

If you see any suspicious activity while visiting the cemetery, please report the incident to either the cemetery office 329-9231, the security phone348-5808 or call 911.

Thank you.

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