BELLEVILLE, Il (KMOV.com) – A man in Belleville is behind bars after being caught stealing from a cemetery.
31-year-old Willie Scott is accused of taking copper vases from several headstones at the Walnut Hill Cemetery on Mascoutah Avenue.
Scott is currently on parole in Missouri.
Several witnesses saw Scott stealing, and reported him to police. Police recovered the vases and burglary tools when they apprehended him.
“I think in this case, this is a guy that’s just trying to make money scrapping,” said Belleville Detective Karl Kraft. “This is obviously something he was doing to make a little extra money.”
The vases are worth about $700 a piece.
The Investigation is ongoing.