Crypt robbers sentenced to 26 years in prison

<  Crypt robbers sentenced to 26 years in prison

Perhaps Doctor Frankenstein should give lessons on how to rob graves.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Two men accused of tampering with more than 20 caskets at a Martinsburg cemetery last year were sentenced Monday to 26 years in prison apiece in Berkeley County Circuit Court.

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In April, Bowers told the court that it was his idea to go to Rosedale Cemetery last spring and remove jewelry from the bodies of the deceased, and that Ruffner went along with the plan on two trips to the burial grounds at 917 Cemetery Road.

Bowers told authorities he helped Ruffner and a third unidentified male open crypts from a mausoleum in the cemetery and take jewelry from the bodies, according to court records.

Bowers said a clothes hanger was used to get the jewelry from within the caskets, and the jewelry was taken to the Martinsburg Mall to exchange at a “cash-for-gold” business, records said.

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