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Dead Wrong: Sentencing delayed for heartless hoodlum who stole copper vases from cemetery

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Judgement day has been delayed for the loser who stole copper vases from a Cleveland cemetery. Among those targeted, the graves of children.

William H. VanDyke faces a maximum of four years behind bars, but his Tuesday morning sentencing was postponed because VanDyke is in the hospital.

The 23-year-old Olmsted Falls man stole numerous copper flower vases from gravesites located at the Brooklyn Heights Cemetery on Broadview Road in Cleveland. In total, approximately 150 bronze vases were stolen.

VanDyke was indicted in two cases pertaining to the stolen vases. The second case has two co-defendants whose cases are pending. Officials were made aware that vases were taken to Ohio Metal Recycling Company located on Grand Avenue in Cleveland.

In October, Van Dyke pleaded guilty to two counts of receiving stolen property and one count of theft. Restitution ordered in the amount of $31,500 to be paid to the cemetery.

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