Possible Grave Robbery Interrupted in Limestone County Cemetery

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LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) Fresh dirt at a cemetery isn't too out of the ordinary, after a recent burial.  However, fresh dirt around graves dating back to the 1800’s has Limestone County detectives, investigating a possible modern day grave robbery.

Authorities say two graves were dug about two feet deep at the OId Bullington Cemetery.

“Any family member has a right to expect when a person is buried, no one will go by to disrupt or disturb their resting place so it`s clearly a violation of law,” said Limestone County Sheriff, Mike Blakely.

The grave diggers didn’t get down to the caskets, but authorities believe the people responsible got scared away before that could happen.  The unexpected arrival of a care taker may have been the only thing to stop the possible grave robbery in progress.

“They left their hole diggers, their shovel, a pair of gloves,” said Blakely.

Blakely hesitates to jump to any conclusions and says the motive is still being investigated, however he says, many people question whether the grave diggers expected to treasures buried beneath the soil for hundreds of years.

“This is not something you see every day, some people speculate they may be trying to dig up a grave to find something of value, but these were old graves,” said Blakely.  “I would seriously doubt they would find anything of value when they dug up.”

Blakely says through the investigation, detectives have identified a couple of people they are looking to speak with, regarding this case.

So far, no arrests have been made.

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