Bernadette Clark, 62, of Lincoln, was arrested for attempting to sell stolen floral arrangements from gravesites. Photo by Beverly Mulvehill Mourning families placed new flowers on the graves of loved ones for the Easter holiday and spring, but many of these flowers came up missing. They found the flowers, and the alleged thief, who was arrested for attempting to sell the flowers in Pell City off of Hwy 231. On April 5 the Pell City Police Department arrested Bernadette Clark, 62, from Lincoln, for Receiving Stolen Property fourth degree for being in possession of stolen floral arrangements that were taken throughout St. Clair, Talladega and Calhoun County. “We have received numerous reports this week in regard to floral arrangements that citizens had purchased and placed on their loved ones’ grave this spring. The victims placed reports with the agency in which the cemeteries are located and identified the stolen property and the victims have proof that the arrangements belong to them,” said Pell City Police Chief Paul Irwin. “It is sad that these victims would have this happen to them but with the assistance of the victims and our department actively pursuing this crime regardless of the offense classification, we will bring justice to these victims.” Floral arrangements were found in the possession of Clark in Pell City on March 30, in the 800 block of Martin Street. Victims who reported the arrangements stolen identified them as their property. Clark has been booked into the St. Clair County Jail on $1,000 bond for each charge. “These types of thefts are very common but with the assistance of today’s technology and social media, we are making arrests and pursuing justice for victims of crime,” stated Irwin. “These families are very emotional and shocked by these crimes and I am happy that we can bring them a resolution. Hopefully, this will show others who wish to commit crime in any of these jurisdictions that we will work together and prosecute persons committing these crimes.” Anyone with information on these crimes or other criminal activity are encouraged to contact the Pell City Police Department at 205-884-3334.
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