Arrest in Sandy Hook memorial playground theft

Truelove's booking photo from Herndon police

HERNDON, V.A. (WTNH) – A 28-year-old Virginia man has been arrested for the theft of a sign at a Sandy Hook memorial playground in Mystic, Conn.

Andrew David Truelove also faces charges in connection to the theft of another sign at a similar memorial playground in Mantoloking, N.J.

Truelove has been charged with possession of stolen property after a search warrant found the signs inside a room he was renting, police said. Additional charges from New Jersey and Connecticut are pending.

Earlier this month, a 50-pound peace sign was stolen from a Mystic playground built in memory of young Sandy Hook school shooting victim Grace McDonnell. After it was taken, a man who claimed to be the thief called Grace’s mother and told her the shooting was a hoax.

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