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POLICE: Suspect accused of stealing thousands of items from cemeteries in Western Wisconsin

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Independence, WI (WXOW) - -

Police said they've found thousands of items believed stolen from cemeteries across four western Wisconsin counties.

On Friday, Sept. 29, the Trempealeau County Sheriff's Office responded to a theft in the Town of Arcadia. 

They said the victim was able to identify the suspect involved as a person from Independence.

The following day, the Independence Police Department found then interviewed the suspect. They also got a search warrant for the suspect's residence. There they discovered thousands of stolen items. Police said the majority of the items appeared to be from cemeteries and residential lawns stolen over the past two to three years.

Authorities said the suspect admitted to stealing items from cemeteries in Trempealeau, Buffalo, Jackson and Pepin counties.

Independence Police said that some of the items stolen from the cemeteries has already been identified. 

A statement from Independence Police said that because of the number of items to process, they'll release details soon on how the property can be claimed. 

Police said if you have been a victim of these types of thefts and haven't reported them, they recommend you contact your local law enforcement agency to report it.

Officials are not identifying the suspect at this time. The incident remains under investigation.

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