Woman charged with stealing items from cemetery

Cris Ritchie Editor

August 13, 2013

by Cris Ritchie — Editor

HAZARD – A Perry County woman was arrested last week on allegations that she had stolen ornaments and other items from graves at the Resthaven Cemetery in Jeff.

An arrest warrant was filed against 33-year-old Maggie Hurley of Steep Field Lane charging her with theft by unlawful taking under $500 and violating graves, the latter a Class D felony punishable by a maximum of five years in prison. She was arrested on Friday by Deputy Kevin Day with the Perry County Sheriff’s Office, according to court records.

It was in April when the cemetery’s owner, Kenneth Hall, told the Herald that several items, including solar lights and wind chimes, were discovered to be missing from graves at Resthaven Cemetery. He said he reported the thefts to the sheriff’s office, and Chief Deputy Tony Eversole noted at the time they did have a suspect.

Many of the items were found and returned. According to the warrant dated for Aug. 9, Deputies Will Fugate and Ruey Couch recovered the items from Hurley’s home. The thefts were alleged to have taken place on April 17.

The warrant also notes Hurley allegedly threatened the witness in the case, and a second warrant was obtained in April for a charge of terroristic threatening.

Hurley was lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail.