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2 men get prison for stealing, destroying statue at Padre Pio shrine near Barto
Reading Eagle ^ | 3/18/09 | Holly Herman

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at readingeagle.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption
KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs; jamiecuster; johnhammond; padrepio
Pics of these 2 fine upstanding individuals available at link.
1 posted on 03/18/2009 6:58:01 AM PDT by Born Conservative
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To: Born Conservative

These two are scumbags and deserve what they might find in prison. Good luck on ever getting restitution. Bring back public flogging and that would be a better deterrent.


2 posted on 03/18/2009 7:02:05 AM PDT by vox_freedom ("If God be for us, who is against us?" -- Romans 8:31)
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To: Born Conservative

Obama’s Fault.


3 posted on 03/18/2009 7:04:02 AM PDT by HighlyOpinionated (The Constitution & Bill of Rights stand as a whole. Remove any part & nullify the whole.)
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To: Born Conservative
Cut those two meth heads into pieces and send them to the tallow works for rendering...
4 posted on 03/18/2009 7:04:29 AM PDT by tubebender (99% of Lawyers give the rest a bad name...)
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To: Born Conservative

It would really be helpful to the 95% of FReepers (or more) who have no idea where Padre Pio shrine near Barto is located, if you’d put the state or country or nearest city in ( ) next to the title
Thanks


5 posted on 03/18/2009 7:04:33 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Born Conservative

It would really be helpful to the 95% of FReepers (or more) who have no idea where Padre Pio shrine near Barto is located, if you’d put the state or country or nearest city in ( ) next to the title
Thanks


6 posted on 03/18/2009 7:04:33 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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Sorry, don’t know why that double posted but I’ve been seeing it happen a lot this morning.


7 posted on 03/18/2009 7:05:40 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert

Looks like central Pennsylvania, USA.


8 posted on 03/18/2009 7:09:39 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("Even for a thin-skinned solipsistic narcissist, Obama seems a frightful po-faced pill." ~Mark Steyn)
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To: Born Conservative

It would seem the scrap dealer would’ve been able to tell this wasn’t just some “scrap” from the pieces. In Texas, they are going after scrap dealers who buy stuff that is obviously not scrap.

It was open season for awhile on the bronze vases, and markers at cemeteries. I think it’s slowed down a lot since they are going after dealers.

I wonder if these guys were meth heads, skin head wanna be’s, or just garden variety scum.


9 posted on 03/18/2009 7:10:59 AM PDT by sockmonkey
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To: Born Conservative
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Sorry for the poor quality of picture of the Angel, but it was the only one I could quickly find.
Now destroyed forever along with the inspiration it would have provided to any who might have been able to see it.

10 posted on 03/18/2009 7:12:30 AM PDT by vox_freedom ("If God be for us, who is against us?" -- Romans 8:31)
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To: nuconvert

Pennsylvania


11 posted on 03/18/2009 7:13:10 AM PDT by Born Conservative (Bohicaville: http://bohicaville.wordpress.com/)
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To: Born Conservative; SunkenCiv

Destruction of art works for their value as scrap metal or building materials is just one more indicator of a civilization in decline.


12 posted on 03/18/2009 7:13:48 AM PDT by InABunkerUnderSF (Be There >>> http://www.secondamendmentmarch.com)
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To: Tax-chick

Southeast Pennsylvania


13 posted on 03/18/2009 7:14:55 AM PDT by Born Conservative (Bohicaville: http://bohicaville.wordpress.com/)
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Here, this pic is better. Made in 1930 and irreplaceable, notwithstanding the 89k price put on it by the judge.

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14 posted on 03/18/2009 7:18:08 AM PDT by vox_freedom ("If God be for us, who is against us?" -- Romans 8:31)
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To: Tax-chick
Looks like central Pennsylvania, USA.

Berks County and Barto look to be in eastern PA. And since it didn't appear to be mentioned in the article, it should have been added alongside the title or in the "comment" section beneath the article.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berks_County,_Pennsylvania

15 posted on 03/18/2009 7:18:50 AM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Born Conservative; ETL

Well, I was pretty close. I agree, it should be a standard practice to at least put a state in the title or keywords.


16 posted on 03/18/2009 7:23:18 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("Even for a thin-skinned solipsistic narcissist, Obama seems a frightful po-faced pill." ~Mark Steyn)
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To: Tax-chick; ETL

I usually do, but forgot this time. I am truly sorry for this omission.


17 posted on 03/18/2009 7:27:23 AM PDT by Born Conservative (Bohicaville: http://bohicaville.wordpress.com/)
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To: Born Conservative; Tax-chick

thanx


18 posted on 03/18/2009 7:28:58 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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What a pair of idiots. What a brilliant plan also. They rented a saw, and then ‘sliced the statue up’ It was most likely a reciprocating saw they rented, and since we can reasonably assume these two morons aren’t exactly the hard working type, I’d be willing to bet they did a most half assed job on ‘slicing’ the statue before selling it to a place just the next county over. Yeah, no one will remember this poorly cut up one of a kind statue, stolen from the next county over that we’re selling for scrap. We’re geniuses!

That being said, some people get less prison for armed robbery/rape/etc.


19 posted on 03/18/2009 7:30:08 AM PDT by Troy McGreggor
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To: vox_freedom

I’m with you. I’d say forgo prison, flog them in public, and make sure they have no kind of life unless they are paying restitution.


20 posted on 03/18/2009 7:32:52 AM PDT by Troy McGreggor
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To: Born Conservative
I am truly sorry for this omission.

Not a big deal. :) Thanks for posting the article.

21 posted on 03/18/2009 7:50:58 AM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: NYer; Salvation
Ping...

Sad news... The thieves got $892 for the brass and now they have to pay $89,000 in restitution...

22 posted on 03/18/2009 7:52:48 AM PDT by topher (Let us return to old-fashioned morality - morality that has stood the test of time...)
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To: ETL
There is also another Padre Pio Shrine in New Jersey, though much smaller than the National Shrine...

Something to be said for Fences and Security Cameras...

23 posted on 03/18/2009 7:56:11 AM PDT by topher (Let us return to old-fashioned morality - morality that has stood the test of time...)
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To: Born Conservative
My First Wife just handed me the book PADRE PIO the stigmatist
by Rev. Charles M Carty. She read it in one sitting...
24 posted on 03/18/2009 8:10:57 AM PDT by tubebender (99% of Lawyers give the rest a bad name...)
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To: Born Conservative

*****&*! tweakers


25 posted on 03/18/2009 8:27:46 AM PDT by Charlespg
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To: Born Conservative

It’s nothing. Sometimes one can’t even tell what country the report’s from, though!


26 posted on 03/18/2009 8:53:52 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("Even for a thin-skinned solipsistic narcissist, Obama seems a frightful po-faced pill." ~Mark Steyn)
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27 posted on 03/18/2009 2:21:56 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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