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Webster man charged with stealing items from cemetery

A Webster man is facing charges that he stole dozens of grave markers and flag holders from a local cemetery early Monday morning.

Alan Savides, 56, is to be arraigned Tuesday in Dudley District Court on 25 charges of removing a grave flag, token, or flowers; stealing a car dealer’s registration plate; and a motor vehicle violation, State Police said Monday in a prepared statement.

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Dudley police released a description of a car that was allegedly involved in the theft of a dealer’s registration plate at 7:30 a.m. Monday.

About 15 minutes later, a state trooper saw a car matching that description pass him and commit a motor vehicle violation while driving on Route 131 in Sturbridge, police said.

The trooper pulled the vehicle over and noticed not only the dealer’s stolen registration plate, but also a pile of grave markers and flag holders inside the car.

At that point,authorities said, the driver, Savides, was arrested.

An investigation by troopers and Webster police revealed that the grave markers and flag holders, including a veteran’s flag holder and a Webster Fire Department flag holder, had been taken from St. Joseph’s Garden of Peace Cemetery on Old Worcester Road in Webster, police said.

Catalina Gaitan can be reached at catalina.gaitan
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