Montgomery County Man Admits Stealing Cemetery Urns, Selling For Scrap
December 7, 2011 8:30 PM
NORTH COVENTRY Twp., Pa. (CBS) A Montgomery County, Pa. man is headed
to state prison for at least two years after admitting he stole bronze
vases from gravesites at two cemeteries in Montgomery and Chester
Counties earlier this year.
James Tidmore pleaded guilty to theft and conspiracy, admitting that
along with two co-defendants, he stole more than 200 bronze vases from
Highland Memorial Cemetery in Pottstown and Mount Zion Cemetery in North
The 48-year-old Pottstown man was sentenced to two to four years behind
bars, followed by six years probation.
Their families remember them by these vases, and it was extremely
disturbing to these families, to these victims, for those grave sites to
be desecrated the way they were, said county prosecutor Noah Marlier.
Marlier says Tidmore was scrapping the vases valued at more than
$140,000 for pennies on the dollar in Philadelphia. His co-defendants
are still moving through the court system.