Three South Jersey women were arrested after selling stolen military grave markers to a Philadelphia scrap yard, according to police.
Police received a tip after a Philly scrap yard owner contacted Lakeview Cemetery officials in Cinnaminson.
The owner told the officials that he had bought a large amount of military grave markers two different times in May.
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Police say that similar crimes have happened in Cherry Hill, Pennsauken, Bellmawr, Edgewater Park and Riverside.
Through video of the scrap metal transaction and a license plate number, police officers were able to find the thieves.
Police arrested 19-year-old Arielle Levin of Palmyra, 27-year-old Jamie Babcock of Bellmawr and 25-year-old Tosha Fugett of Riverside.
All three women are charged with theft and fencing stolen property. They are currently lodged in Burlington County Jail in default of $20,000 cash bail.
380 markers and flower urns which came from veteran’s graves from the Civil War up to the Persian Gulf war were recovered.
Police are currently trying to return each marker to its original place of honor.