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Court dates set for Breidablik plaque-theft suspects
POULSBO — The four men charged with stealing brass name plaques from graves at Breidablik Community Evergreen Cemetery will see their first court dates this month.
Brian Lindsay, arrested for first-degree trafficking in stolen property; Joseph Felice, arrested for first-degree theft and first-degree trafficking in stolen property, forgery; and Jeremy Toliver, arrested for first-degree theft and first-degree trafficking in stolen property, will be in Kitsap County District Court on Dec. 15 at 8:30 a.m. All three posted bail after their arrests in November.
Robert James McDonald, arrested for (felony) second-degree trafficking in stolen property and false statement public servant, will be in District Court on Dec. 13 at 8:30 a.m. He is still in Kitsap County Jail with a $40,000 bond as of Tuesday.
The men were arrested Nov. 16, a few days after 12 brass grave plaques were reported missing on Nov. 11, Veterans Day. Many of the grave plaques taken were those of military veterans.
During the investigation, detectives learned that most of the brass grave plaques were located on a residential property in the Chico area of Central Kitsap, Wilson reported. Sheriff’s deputies and detectives found the plaques in and around a garage on the property. Most of the plaques had been cut up into smaller pieces and the names obliterated by metal grinding.
Detectives have recovered 10 of the 12 brass grave plaques stolen from the North Kitsap cemetery. All the plaques sustained damage that can’t be repaired. Detectives estimate the total loss of the brass plaques, to the next-of-kin of those interred in the cemetery, at about $15,000. According to the website www.scrapmetalpricesandauctions.com, some scrap metal dealers were paying as much as $2.97 per pound for scrap brass in April.