A Cemetery Worker Steals Veterans’ Tombstones To Pave His Garage Floor.

An employee of the Rhode Island Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery has been accused of plundering more than 150 granite headstones to pave the floors of his garage and shed.

Kevin Maynard, 59, was caught following a tip received by the Rhode Island State Police, court documents filed with the U.S. Attorney in Rhode Island show.

Maynard will be sentenced later this summer on one count of theft of government property under a plea agreement which will allow him to serve one year’s probation and do 500 hours of community service, the court documents reveal.

1. Police found veterans’ headstones used as flooring for two makeshift garages and a shed at Kevin Maynard’s home in Charlestown, Rhode Island, (photo: United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island).

A Cemetery Worker Steals Veterans' Tombstones To Pave His Garage Floor.

2. Kevin Maynard, 59, was caught following a tip received by the Rhode Island State Police (photo: United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island).

A Cemetery Worker Steals Veterans' Tombstones To Pave His Garage Floor.

When police followed up on the tip in April, they found the headstones were used as flooring for two garages and a shed at the man’s home in Charlestown, Rhode Island, the court documents show.

Investigators also found additional tombstones on Maynard’s property, as well as a box of American flags allegedly also stolen from the cemetery, in Exeter.

Police photographed the findings, including a grave marker which honored World War II U.S. Army veteran Romeo J.A. Pelletier and his wife, Grace Joyce, according to the federal affidavit.

3. Investigators also found additional tombstones on Maynard’s property, as well as a box of American flags allegedly also stolen from the cemetery (photo: United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island).

A Cemetery Worker Steals Veterans' Tombstones To Pave His Garage Floor.

4. Maynard will be sentenced later this summer on one count of theft of government property under a plea agreement which will allow him to serve one year’s probation and do 500 hours of community service (photo: United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island).

A Cemetery Worker Steals Veterans' Tombstones To Pave His Garage Floor.

According to U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman Jim Martin, Maynard started taking worn and broken grave markers from the cemetery to his home sometime around 2008 or 2009.

By regulation, government-issued grave markers are government property in perpetuity, the U.S. attorney’s office says.

The tombstones which mark the graves at the Exeter cemetery belong to U.S. military servicemen and are provided free of charge to families of veterans by the VA, according to WPRI.

The TV station added that worn or broken stones are replaced for free and the damaged ones are stored in an area at the cemetery until they can be taken away and destroyed.

5. A former state cemetery worker in court on a headstone theft charge — a WPRI report.

Read more: WPRI, The Washington Post.

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