Community service ends in crime at Holy Cross Cemetery

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 5:39 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.—Community service turned into a crime Wednesday at a North Spokane cemetery.

Staff at Holy Cross Cemetery said a volunteer doing community service stole a club cart and a brand new chainsaw.  Employees estimated the theft cost Holy Cross about $3,000, but said the real loss is trust.

“Community service comes on site regularly throughout the week. We've worked with them for many years on this,” said manager Lisa Barber.

There have been no problems with the volunteers until Wednesday. Barber said a group needing community service came to help cemetery staff. Sometime during the lunch hour, one of the volunteers took off with the Holy Cross golf cart. A brand new chainsaw was in the back of the golf cart.

Staff said it felt like a slap in the face.

In light of the theft, Holy Cross managers said they will no longer give volunteers their carts.

Cemetery managers called the probation officers tied to the workers there that day. They are also working closely with Spokane Police Department.

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