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Mt. Lebanon police charge Carrick men with cemetery theft

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Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, 7:12 p.m.

Mt. Lebanon police charged a pair of Carrick men with stealing nearly $4,000 worth of bronze vases from gravestones in the Mt. Lebanon Cemetery over the summer.

Jason J. Olups and Nathan E. Walz, both 35, were charged Sept. 27 with theft, receiving stolen property and desecration of venerated objects. Police spokesman Lt. Aaron Lauth said the men stole at least 10 decorative bronze vases from the cemetery in June, selling them as scrap for about $3,700 to support a drug habit.

Detectives canvassed nearby scrapyards until they found one that had taken in a load of vases matching the description of the ones stolen from the cemetery, Lauth said. They were then able to identify Walz and Olups and arrest them, he said.

Walz was arraigned Wednesday and released on his own recognizance; court records do not show whether Olups had been released.

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