SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Southington police have arrested a man they say stole several religious statues from headstones at a cemetery on Belleview Avenue.
According to Southington police, James Gill, 43, of Meriden, was arrested on Thursday at the Bristol Superior Court for stealing religious statues from headstones. Officers say that during the past year, the St. Thomas Cemetery had reported a number of statue thefts, which ranged from 2-4 feet tall, and were made from hand carved marble. The statues are estimated to be between $2,300 and $6,000 in value.
Gill was charged with several charges, including larceny, interference with a cemetery, and unlawful possession or sale of gravestones. He was held on a court set bond of $50,000, and is being held at the Hartford Correctional facility.
During the investigation, police say 15 statues were recovered, and three were were linked back to St. Thomas Cemetery. These three statues were traced back to Gill, who sold them to third parties.
Investigators are working to connect theft reports from the area to the remaining twelve recovered statues. If you any information or questions, feel free to contact Officer John Marenholz at (860) 378-1648 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.