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Police: Woman pilfering graveside flowers for resale

Pell City Police say a woman is stealing from the dead, taking flowers from grave sites and reselling them for profit.

Police say a woman is stealing from the dead, taking flowers from grave sites and reselling them for profit.

A woman and her sister tell ABC 33/40 they spent a couple hundreds of dollars on floral arrangements for their mother who passed away not too long ago, but they never expected something to happen to them.

"Flowers get [stolen] from this cemetery quite often, but it was such a quick turn," said Beverly Mulvehill.

Beverly Mulvehill and sister Carolyn Pruett visit their parent's grave often each week. Beverly says she had just put flowers on her mothers grave a few days before they vanished. Carolyn says she noticed a woman selling flowers outside of K-Mart., but there was one arrangement that stood out.

"Anybody that puts flowers together knows what they do. I knew they were mine," said Mulvehill.

Beverly then called Pell City Police, and an officer met her to file a police report.

"She didn't want us to take them, but then I told her I was taking them. But then I told her I was taking them and she didn't argue, just decided it was time to pack up and leave when he started the report," said Mulvehill.

Beverly and Carolyn took photos of the woman's display and posted them on Facebook to alert others.

Since Friday, Pell City Police Chief, Paul Irwin said they have had several people to file a report, some of them using that Facebook post to identify their flowers. He says to his surprise, reports are coming from multiple cemeteries all within a 30-mile radius.

"Now... people are seeing that this is a problem. With technology and cameras and everything, we can identify people that are doing this and let this be a warning to them, whenever they come and steal these arrangements they will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law," said Chief Irwin.

Chief Irwin says filling a police report is the first step. Beverly and Carolyn will press charges, allowing police to obtain a warrant for arrest.

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