BUCKSPORT, Maine — Police have charged two men and a woman after the trio allegedly sold two massive, brass doors that were stolen from an occupied tomb in Bucksport.
Police this week issued summonses to Dustin Herbest, 29, of Winterport; Zachariah Herbest, 21, of Bucksport; and Tiffanny Eastman of Winterport on charges of receiving stolen property, said Bucksport Police Sgt. David Winchester. Police could not confirm Eastman’s age on Friday morning.
Winchester said that during his investigation, a metal recycling shop in Waldo County said they’d bought a large amount of brass that police say came from the stolen doors.
“On a date in the area of when the doors were taken, this shop took in nearly 400 lbs of the same metal these doors were made of,” Winchester said. The shop’s owners were able to identify the sellers, which led to the charges. Police say the metal shop has cooperated with the investigation.
Winchester said the metal from the doors has been recovered, but that the doors themselves are “damaged beyond repair and no longer usable.”
Receiving stolen property is normally a misdemeanor offense, but the value of the doors bumped the charges up to Class C, or felony, status, Winchester said. So the trio are each liable for up to five years in prison and $5,000 fines, if ultimately found guilty of the crime.
The doors were stolen sometime in late June or early July from a tomb at Silver Lake Cemetery. The tomb is used by a local funeral home for temporary storage of the deceased until a burial can take place.
Thomas Sweet, president of the Silver Lake Cemetery Association, said that at the time the theft was reported, there was one body still being stored in the tomb.
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