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Oswego Man Charged with Stealing Vases from Cemetery, Many Other Charges

Over 100 bronze vases used to display flowers were stolen from a cemetery in Kendall County.

David Ryan | Credit: Cook County Sheriff's Office
David Ryan | Credit: Cook County Sheriff's Office

An Oswego man and a Sugar Grove man have been charged on multiple counts following the theft of bronze vases from a Kendall County Cemetery.

The incident began on Aug. 28, 2013 when Kendall County Sheriff’s deputies went to the Lincoln Memorial Cemetery, 700 block of Route 30, Aurora, for the report of the possible theft of bronze cemetery vases.

They found that over 100 vases, used to place flowers at the gravesite, had been stolen. They are valued at more than $500 a piece.

Following an investigation two men, David Ryan, 29, of Oswego and Vincent Teruel, 33, of Sugar grove were found to be suspects after a number of stolen vases were recovered.

It was found that Ryan was wanted on an active warrant out of the Montgomery Police Department for retail theft, and on Sept. 11 Sheriff’s deputies attempted to apprehend him in the 100 block of Route 30, unincorporated Aurora where it was determined the two men were living. However, after being met with physical resistance the men escaped.

Deputies provided Chicago Police with information that led to Ryan and Teruel’s arrest for a similar theft in progress at the Rosehill Cemetery, 5800 block of North Ravenswood Avenue, Chicago.

Both were charged in Cook County with theft and Teruel was also charged with possession of burglary tools and a controlled substance.

Further investigation then led to both being charged in Kendall County on Sept. 30 with the unlawful vandalization of a grave (class 2 felony) and theft (class 3 felony). Ryan’s bond was set at $75,000 with 10 percent applying and Teruel’s bond was set at $100,000 with 10 percent applying.

Ryan was also charged with aggravated battery to a police officer (class 2 felony), and resisting a police officer (class A misdemeanor) from the attempted apprehension on Sept. 11. In this incident his bond was set at $100,000 with 10 percent applying.

Teruel was also charged for that incident with aggravated assault (class 3 felony), obstructing a police officer and driving with a revoked license (both class A misdemeanors). His bond was also set at $100,000 with 10 percent applying.

The Sheriff’s office was able to recover a large number of bronze vases, and following court proceedings will try to return the items to their rightful owners.

Both are in custody at the Cook County Correctional Center awaiting their next court appearance.

Melissa R. Olin-Gibson October 03, 2013 at 09:30 AM
We noticed a few weeks back that the vase on my Father In Laws headstone was missing...and no one from the cemetery notified the family of this so now - My question....... Who is responsible for replacing the vases? The Cemetery or the Family of the loved ones?
Laura Donavon October 03, 2013 at 09:40 AM
Melissa, this happened to us a few years ago and we were told that the actual headstone is our property so we are responsible. You can also just cap it, instead of replacing the vase, since you risk it getting stolen again.
Dwight McConnell October 03, 2013 at 10:23 AM
In view of the stolen vases, how is it to be determined from witch grave it came from and returned to? Is a police report needed?
Nicole Williams October 03, 2013 at 10:51 AM
So dissapointed, i thought dave was trying to clean his life up.
Greg Nelson October 03, 2013 at 11:08 AM
Stealing is wrong, but from a grave is even more of an issue in my mind. What makes a person think to steal from a grave? I'm sorry jail time works, but maybe working when they get out after 10 years pulling weeds and polishing brass at a Cemetery is in order!
Amy Bingenheimer October 03, 2013 at 01:30 PM
Gives new meaning to pond scum.

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