Investigators got a break in a series of thefts at veterans’ graves in East County, where brass plaques worth $3,500 were stolen, after evidence was found that the perpetrators videotaped the crime.
The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department has a photo of one of the suspects in the case, stemming from the thefts at veterans’ graves at Alpine Cemetery on Victoria Drive.
The crimes took place April 2013. Two others have been arrested.
Investigators had little to go on until last month, when a camera memory card found in a repossessed car turned out to contain video images of two men and a woman committing the crime, sheriff’s Detective Richard Bolter said.
One of those who were arrested is Colin Frederick Bechter, 27.
The plaques honoring the veterans are estimated to be worth $3,500.
A $1,000 award is available for information leading to the arrest of the final suspect in the case.
There are multiple ways to offer tips:
- By calling Crime Stoppers’ anonymous tip line, (888) 580‐8477.
- By sending anonymous email and text messages via Crime Stoppers’ web site.
– City News Service contributed to this report.
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