Pair charged with swiping cemetery vases
BY ERIKA WURST email@example.com October 2, 2013 5:32PM
More than 100 bronze memorial vases, like the one shown, were stolen recently from an Aurora cemetery. Two men have been charged with scrapping the vases for cash. Each is worth more than $500, Kendall County deputies said.
Updated: November 4, 2013 12:16PM
Two area men were charged Monday with stealing more than 100 bronze vases from grave sites at a Montgomery cemetery.
The vases, worth more than $500 a piece, were reported missing from the Lincoln Memorial Cemetery, 700 block of Route 30, in the Kendall County portion of Aurora, on Sept. 28.
During their investigation, Kendall County Sheriff’s Deputies suspected that David Ryan, 29, of Oswego, and Vincent Teruel, 33, of Sugar Grove, were responsible for the crime.
Deputies learned that Ryan had an unrelated active warrant out of Montgomery for retail theft for allegedly stealing a television from a business in 2000 block of Orchard Road in August.
On Sept. 11, acting on that warrant, and with the intent to question Ryan about the vase thefts, deputies responded to the 1000 block of Route 30 in unincorporated Aurora, where they believed Ryan and Teruel had been living.
During his arrest, deputies said Ryan struggled with officers, and resisted.
Teruel allegedly then drove a car toward the arresting deputy, causing the deputy to let Ryan go so he could avoid being struck.
Court records show Ryan entered Teruel’s vehicle and the two fled the scene.
As they continued their investigation into the stolen vases, detectives were able to provide Chicago Police with information about Ryan and Teruel, who might have been committing similar crimes in their area.
Chicago Police arrested the men after they were caught allegedly committing a theft at the Rosehill Cemetery in Chicago.
Both Ryan and Teruel were charged with theft in Cook County. Teruel was also charged with possession of burglary tools, and possession of a controlled substance.
While the men were in custody in Cook County, Kendall County Deputies continued their investigation into the Montgomery thefts.
On Sept. 30, charges were filed in Kendall County against both Ryan and Teruel for the vase thefts. The men also face charges stemming from the Sept. 11 getaway.
Ryan and Teruel were charged with felony unlawful vandalization of a grave, and felony theft for the grave site incidents.
Ryan was also charged with felony battery to a peace officer, and resisting a peace officer as a result of the Sept. 11 run-in with Kendall County deputies.
Teruel was additionally charged with felony aggravated assault, obstructing a peace officer, and driving on a revoked license.
Deputies said they recovered a number of bronze vases during their investigation. At the end of court proceedings, information about the vases will be made public, in an attempt to return them to their owners.