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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The body of a memorial statue and grave marker that were stolen and sold as scrap metal have been recovered, and a second person has been charged with the theft.

Michael Crayster was charged for possessing a memorial grave marker.

Chief Dan Faustino of the Brookfield Police Department says that Officer Mann pulled Crayster over in Brookfield for driving with a suspended license. There was a warrant out of Girard for him dealing with the stolen marker.

The police recovered the grave marker from a home in Brookfield on April 1.

Faustino says the homeowner was cooperative, but will be charged with receiving stolen property.  

Crayster is now in Trumbull County Jail, and Faustino says he has not made bond yet. 

Police initially arrested 30-year-old Richard Couturiaux of Hubbard on charges of theft of the statue.

He was arraigned in Girard Municipal Court and is in the Trumbull County Jail as well, with more than $82,000 bond pending.

He waived his preliminary hearing last week on charges of theft and receiving stolen property, and his case was taken to Trumbull County Common Pleas grand jury.

Youngstown patroman David Santangelo, who investigates metal theft crimes, says the metal was found in Sharon before it was brought back to Warren.

He took the metal to the station for investigation and it is now returned to the Mahoning Valley Memorial Park.

 

 

 

 

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