A Franklin-area man was arrested this week in connection with the thefts of about four dozen bronze grave markers from the Franklin Cemetery in Rocky Grove last summer.
Sugarcreek Borough Police say 27 year-old Preston Guisewite is charged with theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. Guisewite was lodged in the Venango County Jail on $250,000 bail.
Police allege that Guisewite took the military markers from nearly fifty graves sites during July, 2012, and attempted to redeem them at area recycling centers. 36 of the markers have been recovered through an investigation that began last August.