- Associated Press - Monday, December 1, 2014

STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) - Stillwater police are seeking information from the public after a Christmas tree and lights were stolen from a fallen St. Paul police officer’s gravesite.

Family members of Officer Josh Lynaugh say they have replaced the stolen 4-foot Christmas tree with a smaller one at Fairview Cemetery in Stillwater. The cemetery caretaker says Lynaugh’s grave was the only one vandalized.

Family members say the vandals trampled a picture of the officer in the snow and discarded a badge with his number on it. They say tracks in the snow show the tree was dragged to a nearby road.

Lynaugh died of a heart attack while chasing a suspect in February 2013. He was 30 years old.


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