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Man arrested in Beloit cemetery thefts

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BELOIT, Wis. (AP) -- Beloit police say an Illinois man has been arrested in the theft of grave vases and military markers stolen from a Wisconsin graveyard.

Police in Roscoe, Ill., arrested 27-year-old Kristopher Kaehler Wednesday.

An arrest warrant had been issued for Kaehler in the theft of grave vases and military markers from Eastlawn Cemetery in Beloit. The warrant charges Kaehler with criminal damage to a cemetery and theft of more than $10,000 in property.

Beloit police began investigating the thefts in late December. As of mid-January, police had recovered 181 vases and 112 military grave markers from area scrap yards.

Kaehler is being held in the Winnebago County Jail in Illinois, awaiting extradition. Online court records do not list a defense attorney.


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