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Durand man arrested, accused of stealing metal from graves, monuments

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DURAND (WJRT) - (06/02/14) - A Durand man is behind bars, accused of stealing $20,000 worth of metal from graves and other monuments to cut up and sell for scrap.

The Shiawassee County Sheriff's Office believes 49-year-old Tobe Holifield is behind at least 47 thefts in the county - dating back to February of last year.

Holifield is now charged with two felonies - malicious destruction of tombs and memorials as well as felony larceny.

Investigators say he took bronze grave markers, historical markers and bridge dedication plaques.

Investigators have recovered some of the stolen stuff.

What they have is in pieces and all identifying marks grinded off.

"Through the investigation, we located a suspect that had been selling a large quantity of these brass and cut up items," said Shiawassee County Sheriff's Office Detective Sergeant Robert Herrick.

Investigators think he could have hit places in Genesee County, too. They're waiting to hear back from police there.

"I'm glad they finally caught the person responsible," said Shiawassee Township Supervisor Anthony Karhoff.

Back in January, he said he noticed the more noticeable marker missing from the Shiatown West Park and later found a second plaque was missing, too.

Karhoff even offered a reward.

The sheriff's office says they'd already identified Holifield, prior to that, but needed more information to secure the charges and make the arrest.

Karhoff says one family had both their mother and father's markers and headstones taken. He says they're organizing a fundraiser to try and replace some of what was swiped.
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