Warrants for stolen vases off gravestones

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CLEVELAND, Tennessee (WDEF) – Bradley County detectives have taken out warrants against a man they accuse of stealing vases from gravestones.

Their suspect is Christopher Elkins.

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The Sheriff’s Office got involved when a citizen reported coming across four bronze vases that seemed to have come from a cemetery.

Detectives gathered the vases, then visited a local cemetery where four graves were missing their vases.

They say the grave markers seemed to have had the vases pried off of them.

The staff also reported that an air conditioner was missing from a vault veterans were laid to rest.

Elkins faces four counts of Desecration of a Venerated Object and one count of Theft Over $1000.

If you know where deputies can find him, please contact the BCSO Criminal Investigations Division at (423) 728-7336 or leave an anonymous tip at https://www.bradleysheriff.com/leave-a-tip.