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1/5/05-Gregg County

Military Markers Stolen At Local Cemetery

Nearly a dozen military markers are stolen from an East Texas cemetery. It happened at the Wyche Cemetery in Gregg county. The 100 year old cemetery is located south of Lakeport, off of highway 349.

Roy Walker is a member of the board at the cemetery. He says last November he came out to visit a relative's grave when he saw a man kneeling over another tombstone with a sledge hammer and crowbar beside him. Roy then noticed the damage to the veteran's markers.

"I looked around and noticed that there were some tomb stones that were busted. I said, 'who did all of this damage? He said he didn't know. It was like that when he came out,'" says Roy Walker.

Roy says the suspect then fled the scene. After a month long investigation 37 year old Harvell Horton, Jr. was arrested and charged with felony criminal mischief.

Investigators believe Horton wanted to sell the metal faceplates. The total damage to the cemetery was more than $8,000. Roy Walker says the Department of Veterans Affairs plans to replace the markers.

Amy Tatum, reporting.

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