Prison for thief who stole from graveyard
A CITY man has been jailed for callously stealing two treasured bronze angels from a grave and selling them on for just £10.
But the family of the 21-year-old man buried in the grave at Eastfield Cemetery have criticised the 28-day jail sentence handed to Kelvin McIntyre, of Saxon Road, Eastfield, at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court.
Emma Smith (25) and her family were left heartbroken when the two angels were taken from the grave of her brother, who she did not want to name.
They were in court to see 45-year-old McIntyre receive his sentence for theft, along with an extra five days in jail for breaching a previous suspended sentence.
Miss Smith, of Dogsthorpe, said: “We are not happy. He should have got more for it. If he had stolen something from a shop he would have got more time, but to steal statues from my brother’s grave is just terrible, he never did anything to anyone.
“His parent’s grave is near my brother’s and I had even asked him if he had seen anything but he said no. That’s what hurt the most, the fact he lied.”
The family, who visit the grave almost every day, placed the angels on the headstone to “protect” their loved one after he died five years ago.
They arrived at the cemetery on June 6 to find them gone and were even more devastated when they discovered McIntyre had sold the precious angels on for £10. The new owner only realised they were stolen after seeing a police appeal in the Evening Telegraph.
A Cambridgeshire police spokesman said: “We had information that a statue had been seen in a house in Peterborough. McIntyre had sold the statue to someone who had then given it as a gift to their mother in good faith and the angels were recognised from the picture.”
Miss Smith has thanked the ET reader for returning the treasured items. She said: “We are grateful and happy to get them back so thanks for coming forward, it is appreciated.”
SCENE: Eastfield cemetery, where two bronze angels were stolen from a grave.