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Lee man accused of stealing brass vases from cemetery

February 1st, 2008 12:00 am by Walter Littrell



JONESVILLE — A Pennington Gap man was indicted Friday by a Lee County grand jury on a single count of grand larceny for allegedly stealing brass flower vases from Lee Memorial Gardens.


Timothy L. Tomlinson, 32, Route 3, Box 390, Pennington Gap, was charged in a warrant last October for allegedly stealing 22 of the vases. Sheriff Gary Parsons said the vases, valued at $105 each, were taken on Sept. 17.


Investigators received a tip and learned that Tomlinson had sold 52 pounds of yellow brass at Robinette Steel in Big Stone Gap. In an effort to disguise what he was selling, Tomlinson had mashed and chopped the pots into pieces, the sheriff said.


When questioned by investigators, Tomlinson allegedly admitted to the theft.


Three others were indicted by the grand jury on various charges.


Those indicted, and their charges, are:


•Jerry W. Gilbert Jr., 34, 120 Walnut St., Evarts, Ky., break and enter, grand larceny and two counts of conspiracy.


•Donna Marie Jackson, 30, address unavailable, embezzlement.


•Vicki D. Sturgill, 43, Route 1, Box 153C, Duffield, child endangerment.


An indictment is not an indication of guilt, and trials for the accused will be scheduled at a later date.



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