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Hedgesville man charged with tampering with caskets

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Hedgesville man faces charges of tampering with caskets inside two mausoleums at a cemetery.

Media outlets report that David P. Bowers III was arraigned Wednesday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on charges of destruction of property and disinterment or displacement of a body.

State police said Bowers told investigators that he and two other men broke into the mausoleums at Rosedale Cemetery near Martinsburg to take jewelry from bodies.

The other men haven't been charged.

The break-ins were discovered May 12.

State police said several dozen caskets had to be replaced at a total cost of nearly $40,000. Bowers was being held Thursday at the Eastern Regional Jail.

 


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