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Six charged with stealing vases, damaging headstones at Moore County cemetery

Posted February 14, 2015

Ronald Bruce Bartholemew Jr.
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— Six people from Moore County have been charged in connection with recently reported cemetery larceny and vandalism at a cemetery in Southern Pines, the Moore County Sheriff's Office announced Saturday. 

According to investigators, Ronald Bruce Bartholemew Jr., Jonathan Hughes Frye, Grace Anne Vrendenburg, Tyler Jay Crowell, Donald Edward Gillis and Christina Marie Taylor stole about 30 brass flower vases and damaged headstones at the Pinelawn Memorial Park in Southern Pines. 

After the larceny, deputies were able to recover the stolen vases. 

The following charges have been filed in the case: 

Ronald Bruce Bartholemew Jr., 40, of 103 Ferndale Lane, West End: Four counts of felony disturbing a casket or grave marker, two counts each of felony larceny, felony conspiracy to commit larceny and misdemeanor larceny. Bartholemew was being held in the Moore County jail Saturday under a $20,000 secured bond. 

Jonathan Hughes Frye, 27, of 256 Legion Hut Road, Carthage: Three counts of felony disturbing a casket or grave marker, two counts of misdemeanor larceny and one count each of felony larceny and felony conspiracy to commit larceny. Frye was being held in the Moore County jail Saturday under a $10,000 secured bond. 

Grace Ann Vredenburg, 27, of 180 Sarges Drive, Carthage: Four counts of felony disturbing a casket or grave marker, two counts each of felony larceny, felony conspiracy to commit larceny and misdemeanor larceny. Vredenburg was being held in the Moore County jail Saturday under a $2,000 secured bond. 

Tyler Jay Crowell, 19, of 442 Carthage Road, West End: Three counts of felony disturbing a casket or grave marker, two counts of misdemeanor larceny and one count each of felony larceny and felony conspiracy to commit larceny. Crowell was being held in the Moore County jail Saturday under a $10,000 secured bond.

Donald Edward Gillis, 32, of 153 Quail Lane, Aberdeen: One count each of felony disturbing a casket or grave marker, felony larceny and felony conspiracy to commit felony larceny. Gillis was released from the Moore County jail after posting a $2,000 unsecured bond.

Christina Marie Taylor, 34, of 153 Quail Lane, Aberdeen: One count each of felony disturbing a casket or grave marker, felony larceny and felony conspiracy to commit felony larceny. Taylor was released from the Moore County jail after posting a $2,000 unsecured bond.

All six people charged in the case will make their first court appearances on Feb. 24.

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  • Luther Ingram Feb 14, 2015
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    Hey meth heads grow up and get a job.

  • Al Carson Feb 14, 2015
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    WHY?

  • Christopher Rose Feb 14, 2015
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    Meth. They sell the brass for scrap because it has copper. In most cases those urns and plaques are over 50% copper. Some days I think society would be better off to just give these folks free drugs and keep them in a confined "baby sitting" area.

  • Jimmy Jordan Feb 14, 2015
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    Why don't we just ban drugs and alcohol with those hoodies too! Oh wait, more drugs than ever on the streets.

  • Larry Pluss Feb 14, 2015
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    Just to make a little money from scrap. Then they decided to destroy head stones and desecrate the grave sites. They should be forced to pay back what they damaged. They should also be forced to perform a years worth of community service at the cemetery for free. They can clean headstones, mow grass at the cemetery, weed around the monuments. They could also clean up trash . That's the only way they will learn from their actions. humility always works best.

  • Bernadette Dan Unger Feb 14, 2015
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    Have you people no shame or feeling of self worth at all? Stealing for a few bucks and probably so you can buy drugs or booze. We need to make more use of the "Chain Gang" in NC, seen it in action yesterday in Sampson County. I figure about 60 days of this will alter some folks way of thinking, but then there are those others that no matter what, are just born thieves.

  • Christopher Byrne Feb 14, 2015
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    Sad and disrespectful.

  • Wayne R. Douglas Feb 14, 2015
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    From the headline, I was expecting this story to be about young teens being mischievous. Now I am leaning toward drugs and or alcohol being involved. I am also very curious to learn what exactly led LEO's to these people. Are there cameras in the cemetery? Did they try to sell the brass vases? Did someone see them and get a license plate number?