Man charged with stealing grave markers for scrap
Post-Tribune Staff Report April 12, 2013 8:40PM
Provided mug shot of David Urbaszewski. | Provided photo~Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 14, 2013 6:13AM
GARY — A Calumet Township man who once worked at Oak Hill Cemetery in Glen Park is charged with stealing bronze markers from 62 headstones and selling them for scrap.
David Urbaszewski, 34, will be held without bail when he is arrested on charges of theft and cemetery mischief.
Urbaszewski has pending charges of child molesting, confinement and other felonies and is scheduled to appear in Lake Superior Court for a status hearing Wednesday, court records show.
Cpl. Troy Campbell took a report from cemetery employees in March after they found that many grave stones had been overturned so bolts could be removed and the nameplates stolen. The cost of the damage is estimated at $52,000, the probable cause affidavit states.
Witnesses told Detective Daryl Gordon they saw two men stealing the nameplates on March 14. The teenage suspect, when confronted by witnesses and cemetery workers, retrieved some of the stolen goods and brought them back, court records state.
Campbell learned Urbaszewski had worked there several years ago and witnesses identified him from a photo.
At I-94 Auto Recyclers, Gordon learned that Urbaszewski presented them for cash, saying he was an employee at Oak Hill and “the material was leftover scrap,” the affidavit states.
Although the teen admitted his role in the theft to police, when Gordon questioned Urbaszewski, he claimed “it was wire and scrap brass that he had taken from abandoned homes,” court records state.