A Pennsylvania man charged last week with stealing more than $40,000 worth of bronze vases from a Hagerstown cemetery was charged earlier this fall with stealing from the metal recycling business to whom he attempted to sell some of the vases.
Bryan Lynn Fishack, 27, whose address was previously listed as 9108 Lindale Ave., Greencastle, Pa., was charged Nov. 19 with stealing 293 vases valued at $43,950 on the night of Oct. 15-16, according to the application for statement of charges filed by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
On Oct. 16, investigators received a telephone tip from a man who said Fishack was involved in the theft from Rest Haven Cemetery on Pennsylvania Avenue, the charging document said. The caller told investigators two women were also involved, the document said.
Investigators spoke with one of the women on Oct. 17, who told them Fishack had given her two milk crates filled with vases, which police recovered from her, the charging document said.
Another woman was identified as having sold vases to Maryland Metals on Oct. 16, the charging document said. The woman told police she got the vases from Fishack, the document said.
Fishack was charged with theft between $10,000 and $100,000 and was released on personal recognizance bond, Washington County District Court records said. He is scheduled for trial in District Court in March, court records said.
“This is the first time it’s happened to us,” Rest Haven Cemetery President Charles Brown said Monday.
The cemetery is on the grounds with a funeral home and having people present has probably helped keep down vandalism and thefts, he said.
“It’s a shame this time of year when many people come here to decorate graves,” said Brown, who noted that the vases are owned by the families of the deceased.
Some of the vases have been recovered, but they cannot be individually traced to the owners, Brown said. Families who come to the cemetery to decorate a grave and discover vases missing can come to the cemetery office and arrange for a replacement, he said.
On Sept. 25, Fishack was found in a car on Eastern Boulevard, another charging document said. When questioned by a deputy, he said his car had broken down, but he had fixed it and was heading for a relative’s home, the document said.
The deputy saw a large truck wheel, an engine component and engine headers in the back seat of the car, the charging document said. The deputy also saw a hole in the shrubbery leading to railroad tracks behind Maryland Metals’ scrap processing facility on West Church Street, the document said.
A fence behind Maryland Metals was found pushed down, the charging document said. Three other engine headers and two lengths of copper wire were found near the car, and copper wire was found in the trunk, the document said.
Fishack was charged with theft under $1,000 and trespassing on private property in that case, court records said.
On Oct. 6, Fishack was charged with attempted theft of an air-conditioner from a trailer on Oct. 1 on Longnecker Lane in Chewsville, court records said.
In that case, a man was seen rolling the air-conditioner toward a road and ran when spotted by witnesses. One used a cell phone to photograph the man, the charging document said.