July 29, 2008
Cops: 2 Took Antique Vale Cemetery Fence
By Lauren Stanforth, Albany Times Union, N.Y.
Jul. 29--SCHENECTADY -- A man and a woman are in police custody this afternoon after they were allegedly caught stealing an antique iron fence that framed a family burial plot in Vale Cemetery, police said.
Lynette Kulchinsky, 44, of Prospect Street, and Christopher VanWormer, 25, of Eastern Avenue, were charged with one count each of fourth-degree grand larceny, police said. Kulchinsky was also charged with felony driving while ability impaired.
Bernie McEvoy, cemetery board president, said the 151-year-old cemetery is often plagued by vandalism, but stealing iron for scrap is something new. The iron, "would have probably been worth more to an antiques dealer," McEvoy said.
McEvoy said at the same time of the alleged theft, he was posting new signs in the cemetery offering a $500 reward for those who report vandalism. He said the plot in question likely dates back to the 1860s or 1870s.
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