MOUNT VERNON — Law enforcement is attempting to identify a cemetery that was the target of an alleged scrap metal theft.
Licking County Sheriff’s deputies have been in contact with township officials to determine where a trash can full of metal grave markers found in the truck of a Utica man came from.
The Newark Advocate reported that Dustin M. Johnson, 24, Utica, was allegedly found in possession of 43 grave markers when he was arrested on a warrant in Licking County. The grave markers were found in a trash can in Johnson’s truck.
The grave markers are believed to have been taken from a cemetery near Bladensburg, which sits near the border of Clay and Jackson townships. There are at least two cemeteries in the immediate area.
Clay Township Trustee Robert Evans said law enforcement told him the markers are believed to have come from a cemetery near a painted bridge. The Clay Township cemetery near a bridge was checked, and nothing was found to be missing, Evans told the News.
Jackson Township Trustee Bart Rine said he couldn’t verify if any cemeteries around Bladensburg in Jackson Township have been checked.