Police say they have arrested a man who has been stealing markers from the graves of veterans and selling them to scrap metal yards. Worcester police say Allan Long Jr., of North Grafton, stole 142 veteran bronze memorial grave markers and 76 brass rods.
Investigators first learned of the scheme last week when several scrap metal yards told them a man was coming in to sell the brass markers for cash. Officers were able to trace one of the markers to a World War I veteran who died in 1954 and another to a woman who belonged to the American Legion and died in 1940.
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