A Pennsylvania man accused to stealing hundreds of bronze grave decorations from a Hagerstown cemetery was found guilty in a bench trial Thursday in Washington County District Court and sentenced to four years in state prison.
Bryan Lynn Fishack, 27, whose address was previously listed as Lindale Avenue in Greencastle, Pa., was charged in November by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office with stealing 293 bronze vases valued at more than $40,000 from graves at Rest Haven Cemetery on Pennsylvania Avenue on the night of Oct. 15-16, according to court records.
On Thursday, Fishack had a bench trial before District Judge Mark D. Thomas, who found him guilty of theft between $10,000 and $100,000, court records said.
A Washington County Sheriff’s deputy went to Rest Haven Cemetery on Oct. 16 after receiving a report of a large number of bronze vases missing from graves throughout the cemetery, according to the application for statement of charges.
The vases were valued at $43,950, the charging document said.
The same day, another deputy received an anonymous telephone tip that Fishack was responsible for the thefts and had given some of the vases to women so that they could sell them, the charging document said. Fishack had been investigated before for stealing scrap metal, the document said.
On Oct. 17, a woman contacted a deputy, telling him that Fishack had given her two crates filled with vases and asked her to sell them, the charging document said. She led the deputy to where she stashed the crates and the vases were returned to the cemetery, the document said.
Two days later, Hagerstown police contacted the Sheriff’s Office and informed them that another woman had sold some of the vases to a scrap metal company, the charging document said. That woman later told investigators she got the vases from Fishack, the document said.
Fishack has several other cases pending against him, including charges that were filed after he was released on his personal recognizance for the theft of the bronze vases.