Montgomery County Man Admits Stealing Cemetery Urns, Selling For Scrap

By Brad Segall

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 Coventry Township.

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.

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  • barb

    Whether it is a flower urn or anything else at a gravesite, a family paid money in order to commemorate the deceased and it is stealing. I live in Miami and in one night in excess of 300 were stolen from only one section at a single cemetery. What a total lack of respect for humankind, living or not

  • James Ferguson

    What a low life. Two to four in the Pen will be a cake walk compared to what is waiting for him when he asks to enter the Pearly Gates.

  • Duuuuh!

    Horrible article… they show cremation urns, but the theft is of bronze flower vase. No one is stealing ashes of the dead, they are stealing flower pots. Just more sensationalism by some junior reporter.

  • malcom

    start chopping thier hands and heads if need be..

  • Consultofactus

    Hey, someone told him that he should go out and “urn” some money!

  • Will

    This article is incomplete. It includes photos of cremation urns but doesn’t mention if the stolen items contained human ashes or if they were containers for flowers. That does make a difference!

  • Gra pe A pe Rules

    Show his picture!

  • Judib

    This is not a new crime. People have been doing this since the price of copper increased. Two people in my hometown were convicted of the same crime two years ago,

  • fishfinder911

    I pray for the fool that every touches my father resting in the veterans cemetery! I’d give him a life sentence in a URN , if he like to handle them so much then put him in one! Some people just don’t deserve to breath!

  • robert g

    He should do his time inside one of the vases he stole.

  • Fanny Forbes Franklen

    “Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.”
    – Plato

  • tiredofitall

    WHAT is happening to our society? This is what you get when you have Liberals in charge: total anarchy and no respect for ANYthing.

  • jerrykregle

    in my world this POS would be sentenced to consecutive terms 400 TIMES 2 years each

  • Snarky Malarkey

    They aren’t stealing from the dead.

    They’re stealing the dead.

  • ManOnPoint


    • Tyred

      You said it ManOnPoint! With a couple or exceptions, stealing from the dead is just about as low as you can get.

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