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Man stole mementos from cemetery, gave to neighbors, police say

February 29, 2012 | 12:19 pm

A registered sex offender was arrested for allegedly stealing mementos and flowers from a cemetery in Amador County, then giving them to neighbors as gifts, police said.

Earlier this month, Amador County sheriff's deputies were called after items were reported stolen from grave sites and a mausoleum at the Sunset View Cemetery, officials said.

A cemetery employee had earlier approached a man who he said had been "hanging around," and the man was told not to return, police said. The employee gave deputies the man's license plate number and images from surveillance cameras at the cemetery, according to police.

Deputies went to the man's home and found items from the cemetery inside, police said. Officials said neighbors also had items from Sunset View, and that they told deputies they were gifts, allegedly from Jimmy Ray Goodall, a registered sex offender from San Joauqin County.

Goodall was arrested and faces charges of malicious acts at a cemetery, possession of stolen property and failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements.

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