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Published: Friday, 6/14/2013

Man who allegedly stole from area cemeteries pleads not guilty in Sandusky

BLADE STAFF

SANDUSKY -- A Clyde, Ohio man who allegedly stole scores of items from area cemeteries entered a not guilty plea during a Sandusky Municipal Court appearance Thursday.

Jeffrey Huey, 23, was charged with breaking and entering, vandalism, and theft felonies after police found at his house a stash of urns, angels, flower pots, and other items allegedly swiped from graveyards, including Oakland Cemetery near Sandusky.

Mr. Huey entered a not guilty plea during a court appearance Thursday. He’s scheduled to return June 26 for a preliminary hearing.

Sandusky police Detective Gary Wichman said he’s received numerous calls from people reporting items missing from Michigan and Ohio cemeteries in Lambertville, Bryan, Defiance, Castalia, and Vermilion, among other places. He’s asking people who have photographs to supply pictures of items missing from graves to help with identification.

Detective Wichman said police are trying to piece together which reports could be related to Mr. Huey. He said the earliest incident police have linked to him so far dates to November.

Mr. Huey allegedly used a Facebook page to try to sell items he said he had picked up from estate sales, Detective Wichman said.



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