Florence Police Need Your Help In Identifying Graveyard Theft
FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Brittany Murphy was a student at the University of North Alabama. She was tragically killed in 2006 and was laid to rest at the Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens in Florence. On Sunday, Florence police received a phone call someone had stolen items off of her grave site.
“Some of the things stolen were a pillar, a flower arrangement, a winged angel, an angel stand with solar lights, a heart with a butterfly and a metal stand with the words ‘love’,” said police sergeant Cliff Billingsley.
Authorities say the stolen items are valued at more than 500 dollars
“This is really tough on the family this is how they remember her and how they attempt to cope with the loss of their daughter and to take these kinds of things is terrible,” said Billingsley.
The cemetery installed security cameras last year to take a step forward in stopping cemetery thefts from happening.
“This is not something we take lightly that’s why we took immediate action. To absolutely prohibit such thing from occurring again,” said sales manager, Emily Brady.
Authorities released a picture of an orange Chevy Camaro. They believe the suspect was driving that car at the time of the incident. The suspect will be charged with theft of property to the second degree according to authorities.
If you have any information that can help authorities give a call to the Florence Police Department or the Shoals Area Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (256) 386-8685.