Aiken man charged in theft of cemetery vases

Michael Anthony McKinney

An Aiken man is facing charges in the theft of $11,000 worth of copper memorial vases from Aiken Memorial Gardens.

Aiken County sheriff’s Capt. Eric Abdullah said a caregiver at the cemetery in the 1500 block of Edgefield Highway reported the theft of about 55 vases June 12.

Abdullah said the suspect, Michael Anthony McKinney, 52, sold some of the vases to a recycling center. The others have been recovered.

McKinney, of Mayfield Road, was booked into the Aiken County Detention Center on Tuesday evening on a charge of grand larceny.

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