New Jersey florist nabbed: Stealing flowers from gravesites for months

New Jersey florist nabbed: Stealing flowers from gravesites for months
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[Ed. – Something you don’t hear about every day.]

A 59-year-old flower shop owner has been arrested for allegedly stealing plants and other items from graves at a New Jersey cemetery, possibly for months.

Police say they’d been getting reports for some time of thefts at First Reformed Church Cemetery in Pompton Plains. Authorities replaced two of the missing plants in front of a mausoleum and installed surveillance cameras in the area last week. Two days later, police got a call that the plants were missing again.

Detectives checked out the surveillance footage and saw a woman approach the mausoleum in a silver minivan, get out of the vehicle and take the plants. Authorities were able to identify the suspect as Lynda Wingate, a former police dispatcher and flower shop owner in nearby Riverdale.

She was arrested on a charge of theft of moveable [sic] property and released pending an appearance in municipal court.

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