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Man Accused Of Stealing Grave Markers To Sell As Scrap Metal

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File photo of a cemetery. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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DELAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is accused of stealing grave markers from his employer and selling them as scrap metal.

The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office arrested 31-year-old Daniel Monahan on Thursday. He faces multiple counts of dealing in stolen property.

The owner of Volusia Monuments says that among the stolen items are yellow brass markers with names and birth and death dates. He says they went missing over the past two months, but there was no sign of a break-in. Deputies inquired about his employees and learned Monahan was the only one.

Investigators then checked metal recycling business and learned that Monahan produced a fake letter from his employer giving him permission to sell the items. He earned more than $1,500. Investigators say he told them he used it to support a prescription pill addiction.

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