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Aiken man charged in theft of cemetery vases

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 9:49 AM
Last updated 7:26 PM
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An Aiken man is facing charges in the theft of $11,000 worth of copper memorial vases from Aiken Memorial Gardens.

Michael Anthony McKinney  SPECIAL
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Michael Anthony McKinney


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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JRC2024
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JRC2024 06/19/13 - 10:30 am
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What disrespect he shows to

What disrespect he shows to the loved ones of the deceased.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 06/19/13 - 10:34 am
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Cases like this make you wish

Cases like this make you wish we still had public horsewhipping.

ragingbull
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ragingbull 06/19/13 - 10:50 am
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It is a good thing this is

It is a good thing this is the good old U.S.of A., where criminals can get on television and tell how they killed someone( referencing the Lock UP series on A&E)they also tell how the victims begged for their life, but they did not feel any remorse about killing them. And the perp gets to live out the rest of his life getting three meals a day, a bed to sleep in, medical care, including dental and visual, and cable television. There really is no repercussions for breaking the law in this country. This man who stole the vases will be walking the streets again in 90 days.

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Darby 06/19/13 - 11:08 am
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Disgusting scum....

"Cases like this make you wish we still had public horsewhipping."

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Now why on earth would you want to whip an innocent horse...???

On the other hand, I would not mind seeing a good, updated version of a 19th century tar and feathering, complete with transportation of the naked, thoroughly tarred offender, on a rail to the county line.

Some offenses are just too onerous for "conventional" punishment.

Guess this "alleged" perp might have been too "proud" to go door to door asking for work or even a handout.

sewerbabe
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sewerbabe 06/19/13 - 11:39 am
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Darby has it right.

I want to know if this scum stole my son's vase at Hillcrest. He's probably been hitting up all the cemeteries .

Marinerman1
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Marinerman1 06/19/13 - 12:26 pm
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Brings a whole new meaning to

Brings a whole new meaning to "How Low Can You Go". Just sickening. They should put him to work on the weekends cleaning and scruubing the markers in cemetery.

tom31510
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tom31510 06/19/13 - 01:14 pm
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Recycle

What reputable recycling business would buy them, especially in that quantity?

my.voice
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my.voice 06/19/13 - 01:48 pm
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@tom31510 - He sold "some" of

@tom31510 - He sold "some" of the vases. No doubt to not seem conspicuous. He was probably turned in by the recycler, who are now required to take down personal information like you would at a pawn shop.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 06/19/13 - 05:11 pm
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Tom, in my opinion; the

Tom, in my opinion; the recyclers who go ahead and purchase suspicious items, then call the police, are doing it as a service to the public. That is the only way they can get the identifying info on the thief.

On the other hand, if they only give up the info if asked for it, then shame on them. Those dealers should be charged with theft by receiving stolen property.

KSL
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KSL 06/20/13 - 07:18 am
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Darby

Horsewhipping isn't good enough. As you said.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 06/20/13 - 06:09 pm
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Chain gang
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