3 NJ Women Arrested For Stealing 380 Grave Markers, Flower Urns From Local Cemetery

CINNAMINSON, N.J. (CBS) — Three New Jersey women are behind bars for a crime that is becoming more and more common, according to police. Authorities say they stole brass markers from the graves of veterans at local cemeteries and sold the stolen markers to a scrap yard.

Authorities tell Eyewitness News the suspects needed drug money.

“You need money that bad, you have to start desecrating a grave?” said Sgt. Bill Covert with the Cinnaminson Police Department.

Covert, who is a veteran himself, said that he was shocked to learn that someone would sink that low.

Authorities say the women they arrested are responsible for stealing 380 grave markers and flower urns from local cemeteries, including St. Mary’s in Bellmawr and Lakeview Memorial Cemetery in Cinnaminson.

Police say 19-year-old Arielle Levin, 25-year-old Tosha Fugett and 27-year-old Jamie Babcock didn’t care about the meaning behind the collection, all they cared about was the cash.

All three are in county jail and have been charged with Theft and Fencing Stolen Property.

Sgt. Covert says a Philadelphia scrap dealer who paid around $1,500 for the stolen goods is the one who tipped off authorities.

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“He engaged them in conversation and one girl said they got the markers from Lakeview because her uncle worked there,” said Sgt. Covert. “As soon as they mentioned they came from Lakeview in Cinnaminson, he contacted Lakeview and they contacted us.”

Police say if no one comes forward to claim markers, they’ll go to local Veterans organizations.

Reported by Jericka Duncan, CBS 3

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  • Jim Wilmer

    Kids and adults have either been drinking at cementaries, or damaging graves for yrs. But this is theift with intent. Not just a $100.00 but $1,500.00; for the amount stolen there should be a sentence of a couple yrs. or more. The emotional or patroitic argument doesn’t matter. Some people have no connection with anyone but their immediate circle of people. It is a shame though and shocking!!!

  • solo_poke

    Where are the big mouths when it comes to bankers stealing everything people ever worked for? What a bunch of coward hypocrites who can only go after the weak and defesenless , because after all theywon’t fight back.

  • SerfCityHereWeCome

    Looks like we’ll need to start electrifying brass grave markers. Just when you thought this once-great country couldn’t possibly go any further down the toilet. Freakin’ unbelievable.

  • Honorable Texan

    Your comment makes no sense.

  • Mike-N-TN

    They will get off in exchange for their solemn pledge to vote for Obama in 2012.
    Hell, he will even provide GSA’s to haul off their next load of loot!

  • John

    Yaknow, I almost fell over when I heard that women did this!
    I thought women were supposed to be nurturing creatures !?!?!

    My Dad had his marker stolen off his grave twice at Oddfellows Cemetary in Burlington within the last ten years and never had the original solid bronze marker given back even though the culprit was caught and the markers confiscated in by police for evidence for the court case but they were never given back to all the original families who complained about the theft. Replacements were given but not the same quality bronze that the first one was. They were made of a cheap flimsey metal.
    It’s sad that some people have no respect for a veterans grave.
    Maybe we’ll have to bring back public flogging, dunking, and the stockades.
    For some people, there is no other way to learn

  • Ghost of 1779

    I fought at the Battle of Trenton as the musket balls rattled like hail against the fence I crouched behind. I ran like a scared Hollander. Forgive them, say I.

  • Hank Warren

    Out-of-control crime, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our rights:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama, vote for Ron Paul.
    (Last link of Banned Book):

    • proudnot2bliberal

      finally a comment from loons from ron paul the king of loons. his son rand is smart to distance himself from this nut

      • Lane

        How exactly is one a “loon” for standing on principle, upholding his oath of office, and expounding sound economic ideas from the only school of economics (the Austrian school) that has accurately predicted the booms/busts of which we, the people, are the chief victims? Our country’s problems are more fundamental than partisan politics can solve. If Ron Paul is the only man who will put himself out there to say the things that need to be said (at risk of looking like a “kook” on the “fringe”) then God help him. He has my support. The other 500+ members of Congress are the real “loons” for imagining that this country can continue on its current course with “politics as usual” for another generation.

      • Shawn

        Proudnot2bliberal – We’ll assume, based on your grammer, that you aren’t a rocket scientist???

  • B.H.

    Several commenters are suggesting a death sentence for stealing from a grave. How do you figure that 19, 25 and 27 year old girls deserve to die for stealing brass grave markers? Would you same people murder someone for stealing your automobile’s hood ornament?

    • Kyon

      Today is the anniversary of D-day; the men who died there disserve more than “hood ornaments”. The mere fact that your tiny worthless mind would even conger up the concept makes you as low as the skanks that perpetrated this crime. It is a crime against our country and our veterans – the people who have died for your freedom. Do you see the curb when you look up from the gutter that you crawl in?

      Diogenes of NJ

      • B.H.

        I don’t crawl in gutters and I have the utmost respect for my family members who serve, my family members who have served, and all who have served in our armed forces My mind is neither tiny nor worthless. Your insults show part of what you are.
        Stealing and desecrating graves does not deserve death and the criminals who did it have many possible years of productive life in front of them. Young drug addicted people do many things that are unacceptable, however it doesn’t mean they deserve to die.

    • LexTerrae


      Depravity, not matter the age of the depraved, diminishes the society.

    • jes2

      You are a chunk of human waste. That’s all that needs to be said.

    • speedstan

      [The girls intention was not to dishonor veteran’s graves, their intention was to get money for drugs.]

      Oh, so that makes it OK, right?

      Pathetic liberals make excuses for the worst behavior. Sorry, but these amoral skank who only care about their next high deserve sympathy from nobody…

    • S.M.

      “19, 25 and 27 year old girls” These are not girls, they are women. As a reasonable civilized person I would have to say that your comment here is sexist! There is no jurisdiction in the country that would try these women as juveniles. They are adults and as such deserve the appropriate adult punishment. Desecrating the graves of veterans is about as low as one can get. The punishment should be severe.

      After Obama was elected I stocked up on ammo and componenets to make more ammo. At this point I have more than I really need. I would be glad to donate a few hundred rounds so that these women could be used for target practice by a veterans group for some good wholesome payback. A lot of these guys got spit on when they came home after doing their patriotic duty. I can’t think of three more deserving recipients.

    • Ruck

      In a word, yes. Particularly in this case as I am a vet.

      • B.H.

        The girls intention was not to dishonor veteran’s graves, their intention was to get money for drugs. Perhaps your veteran service has left you with with ;little value for human life.

    • Derek Mohn

      I don’t agree with a death sentence, but these are hardly hood ornaments.

    • Anita

      Perhaps we should put them in a rehab? Pay good money so they can come out and do drugs? Perhaps strike up a friendship with Lindsay Lohan!

  • Mark Adams

    These women need to be sent to prison for a long time and while they’re there, they can make veteran markers!

  • otis

    Knowing NJ, how much ya wanna bet these 3 wastes of oxygen get guest appearances on Jersey Shore??

  • teddy
    • Derek Mohn

      Not surprising. Enjoy a life in and out of prison.



  • Derek Elliot

    15 to 20

  • Maureen


    This has NOTHING to do with a political party…you FOOL! Nor is drug addiction an excuse or justification for such DEPLORABLE behavior!!! DISGUSTING!!!!!

  • Ray

    Summary execution is too good for these skanks. Lets take a page from the ‘religion of peace” and stone them to death

  • Reagans Ghost

    I’m speechless: what possible sentence and/or “rehabilitation” could any of these creeps possible be given that reflects the crime?

  • Bill G(not Gates)

    God is dead, there are no laws of right and wrong.
    Why is anyone surprised? These are the unintended consequences of a society where every person is their own God. It’s going to get a lot worse before it’s over.

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  • amplitude jones

    shoot the greedy pigs. They are just democrats anyway, not like a valuable species or something.

  • Sean

    No respect or clue what these men and women went threw during thier service this is the reason why this country is going down the tubes no respect for nothing … we have a lot to be ashamed of but.. this is a disgrace to NJ residents. Long jail term should be required .

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  • Jones

    Up against a wall – give them a quick volley. Fast, humane, cheap, and yes, morally appropriate.

    Drug addiction is one thing, and I do sympathize. However, there are drug addicts who would never dream of doing this. I hope they get medical treatment & turn their lives around.

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