Skip to comments.2 men get prison for stealing, destroying statue at Padre Pio shrine near Barto
Posted on 03/18/2009 6:58:01 AM PDT by Born Conservative
Two men apologized Tuesday in Berks County Court before they were sentenced to state prison for stealing and destroying a brass statue of an angel from the National Center of Padre Pio Inc. near Barto in September.
John E. Hammond Jr. and Jamie L. Custer admitted they cut the 8-foot-tall, 1,200-pound "Angel of the Roses" into pieces and sold them as scrap for $952.
Hammond, 31, of Spring City, Chester County, was sentenced by Judge James M. Bucci to 21 months to six years in state prison.
"I am ashamed and embarrassed," Hammond said.
Custer, 31, Norristown, received one to two years in state prison plus six years of probation.
Custer said his actions were a dumb way to ruin his life.
The men were ordered to pay $89,000 in restitution.
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Not a big deal. :) Thanks for posting the article.
Sad news... The thieves got $892 for the brass and now they have to pay $89,000 in restitution...
Something to be said for Fences and Security Cameras...
It’s nothing. Sometimes one can’t even tell what country the report’s from, though!
Well said, InABunkerUnderSF. There's actually a parallel with some ancient societies in that. Rome started to be dismantled for its marble centuries before its fall. Emperor after emperor made laws and specified punishments for "urban quarrying", which mostly went on at night (because quite early on, at least as early as Augustus, cart traffic was forbidden in daylight to reduce street congestion), and target buildings were typically underused public buildings.
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