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Woman turns self in after being caught on video stealing statue from cemetery

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MIDDLETOWN, CT (WFSB) -The Middletown Police Department released a video of a woman accused of stealing an angel statue from a grave site in Middletown this weekend.

Police released surveillance video that shows an unidentified woman taking a statue from the grave site of a 19-year-old at Calvary Cemetery on Sunday.

On Tuesday evening, after the video was released, police confirm that the woman turned herself in to police and turned over the statue.

Police said that the family of Brandon Reeve had recently used a camera near the site because it was being vandalized.

The grave site is that of Brandon Reeve, who was killed in 2004 while riding his motorcycle.

Brandon’s father James Reeve went to visit the grave site on Saturday and noticed another statue missing and immediately grabbed the camera, downloaded the video and called police.

In the video, after the woman places the statue in her van, she stands in front of the grave site momentarily and then walking around it before leaving in her van. 

“To just walk up there and take it and stand there like you didn’t do anything. I don’t understand how anybody could do that,” James Reeve said.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time items have been stolen from the grave site. About two-and-a-half years ago, James Reeve noticed some sentimental items started disappearing.

That is when the family decided to place a camera nearby to catch the person in the act.

“One week one statue went missing and then they had the nerve to come back the following week and take the other statue, and then I said ok, that’s enough,” James Reeve said.

Police said the statue is valued at $100, but the family told police the “sentimental value is priceless.”

Next month marks the 10th anniversary of Brandon’s passing and his father said there is not a day that goes by that he doesn’t think about his son.

“This is Brandon’s resting place. Let him rest,” James Reeve said.

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