A call went out on Saturday that thieves were stealing flowers from the Lyerly Cemetery.
A passerby reported the incident to Chattooga 911 and deputies were dispatched. It is not clear if anyone was apprehended in connection with the thefts.
Thefts from cemeteries in Chattooga County is nothing new but catching the thieves in the act can sometimes prove difficult. That doesn’t mean that if someone is arrested and convicted for stealing from a grave they will get off with a light sentence.
In Georgia, the charge of theft by taking is a misdemeanor if the items taken are valued at less than $500. However, Georgia law makes an exception for stealing from a cemetery. Theft involving a gravesite or cemetery decoration is a felony and carries a punishment of one to three years in prison if convicted.