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Man accused of stealing grave marker and scrapping it for cash

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Nicholas Boston, 34 (Source: LMPD) Nicholas Boston, 34 (Source: LMPD)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A limited edition metal statue used to mark a mother's grave was stolen and recycled for cash, according to police.

An arrest report indicates Nicholas Boston, 34, received stolen property taken from Calvary Cemetery located near the intersection of Baxter Avenue and Eastern Parkway in Louisville at the end of October. Police allege Boston then scrapped it at ISA Recycling on Grade Lane between Fern Valley Road and Outer Loop.

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Police first learned of the crime because the cemetery called and told them an unknown person took several things from graves.

In the investigation that ensued, a detective discovered Boston recycled a specific grave marking; a limited edition metal statue commissioned by the deceased's family. Police said video stills from surveillance footage place the suspect with the stolen property at the ISA recycling plant.

Detectives also uncovered the recycling transaction ticket with a copy of the suspect's ID. Police estimate the value of the stolen statues to be about $7,500.

Boston now faces a felony charge of receiving stolen property worth under $10,000.

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