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Four arrested for grave desecration

Remnants of brass military grave markers stolen from a Breidablik cemetery in North Kitsap on Veterans Day. - Kitsap County Sheriffs Office
Remnants of brass military grave markers stolen from a Breidablik cemetery in North Kitsap on Veterans Day.
— image credit: Kitsap County Sheriffs Office

Four men, including a Central Kitsap man and a Bremerton man, were arrested today in connection with the Veterans Day theft of 12 brass name plaques from a cemetery in Breidablik, according to The Kitsap County Sheriffs Department.

Many of the graves were those of military veterans,”

Two men, ages 28 and 38, were arrested in Poulsbo on charges of 1st degree theft and trafficking in stolen property. Both were held on $100,000 bail, according to authorities.  A third man, age 41, was arrested in Central Kitsap on similar charges and held on $50,000 bail. The fourth man, age 40, was arrested on Kitsap Way in Bremerton.  charged with trafficking in stolen property and held on $35,000

The sheriffs office did not release the names of the three men arrested, but did name Bremerton resident Robert James McDonald as the 40 year old.

Authorities said that McDonald tried to sell the brass plaques to a scrap metal dealer in Gorst.

The sheriff's office said that 10 of the plaques were found in a Chico area home. The plaque were cut into smaller pieces and that names were obliterated with a grinder, they said.

 

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