- Associated Press - Thursday, April 27, 2017

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Authorities have arrested a Wyoming woman accused of stealing nearly $40,000 worth of brass vases from a cemetery and recycling the metal for cash.

Janna Szynskie was jailed Tuesday on suspicion of theft, receiving and concealing stolen property and property damage.

The Natrona County Sheriff’s Office began investigating on April 14 after a cemetery worker in Casper reported at least 250 flower vases missing from headstones. The worker said staff at a local recycling center contacted her after receiving several vases from a woman.

An investigation found Szynskie dropped of more than 2,700 pounds of brass at the recycling center and received about $2,900 for it.

An arrest affidavit says Szynskie told investigators she purchased some vases from a man in Glenrock and admitted to taking some from the cemetery.

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