A southern Kentucky man has been charged with stealing a tombstone from an old cemetery.
Simpson County Sheriff's Detective Eddie Lawson told The Daily News that 22-year-old Sean Paul Johnson of Franklin initially told officers the large granite stone with the initials J.J.B. carved into it in block letters was nothing more than a large rock.
Lawson found upturned soil and an overturned gravestone with the name Bell engraved nearby.
Lawson says Johnson then told deputies that because there were no bodies buried in the field where the tombstone came from, it wasn't a cemetery.
Lawson wasn't buying. He charged Johnson with violating graves, theft by unlawful taking over $500 and criminal trespassing.
After Johnson told Lawson that he believed the stone Lawson said he was carrying was nothing more than a rock, Johnson told him that there are no bodies buried in the field and therefore, it is not a cemetery, Lawson said.
Johnson is in Simpson County Jail. He has been arrested numerous times in Simpson and Warren counties, Lawson said.
We are very familiar with him in Simpson County, Lawson said.
Why would anyone steal a tombstone ? Is there a resale value for old tombstones ? I wouldn't be at all surprised if some of the relatives of the desecrated kick his ass when he gets out of jail .