Debra FarinellaSTCLOUD, FL – Police say 57-year-old Debra Farinella decorated her home and yard with hundreds of items stolen off of Mount Peace Cemetery gravesites, including the gravesites of babies.

She got busted after someone at the cemetery noticed her leaving a grave in which items were stolen and was able to provide police with a description and a partial license plate number.

When police arrived at her home, the noticed that her front yard and home were decorated with 146 pieces she’d stolen, including planters, flowers, angels, pottery, Christmas lights, religious figurines, wind chimes, and other trinkets that people had placed on the graves of their loved ones.

“She was not very particular,” said St. Cloud Police Department spokesperson, Officer Chad Durham. “She would take them from baby gravesites, as well as adult gravesites.”

They even found a baseball in her home that was from a gravesite of a boy who passed away at 16.

Farinella, who has a rap sheet 25 pages long, told police she had purchased the items from yard sales. Debra Farinella was arrested and charged with grand theft and petty theft.

Farinella has a history of grand theft, mostly from passing bad checks. She was in prison from July 2006 until May 2008 for grand theft in Orange County, and again from June 2009 until May 2011 for grand theft and passing worthless checks.

Police are asking any victims of Farinella’s tomb raiding to contact the St. Cloud Police Department at 407-891-6700 to identify and reclaim any stolen items.

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