SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash.—Hundreds of dollars in keepsakes meant to honor the dead ended up in a local burglary suspect’s pockets according to authorities.
Richard Hall, 30, was arrested after detectives said he entered a Spokane Valley mausoleum and stole keepsakes left by mourners. Authorities found part of the area smashed, more than $200 worth of family jewelry gone, and the suspect’s fingerprints. Detectives also said security cameras helped them link the burglary to Hall.
Court documents claimed that Hall stole a wedding ring and two necklaces that a man left in honor of his late wife. Authorities also stated that Hall might have stolen a ring from the Riverside Cemetery too. Detectives estimated that the two burglaries added up to more than $400 in items.
Hall initially gave authorities his brother’s name according to court records. However, detectives
were quickly able to determine his true identity.
Hall faces four felony charges.