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Pair arrested for allegedly stealing cross from Artesia cemetery

December 29, 2011 |  8:08 am

Cross stolen from Artesia cemetaryA man and a woman were jailed Thursday after they allegedly broke into a cemetery in Artesia and made off with a wooden cross.

Jason Fluharty, 29, of Torrance and Jolynn Ramirez, 29, of Artesia were arrested Tuesday morning after employees at Artesia Cemetery reported finding evidence of an attempted break-in.

Deputies found the suspects, who had been caught on surveillance video, walking on Studebaker Road, near the cemetery.

After detaining them, a deputy allegedly found a wooden cross bearing a military insignia in Fluharty's backpack. Sheriff's officials said the cross had been stolen from a storage yard at the cemetery and that the suspects had also tried to burglarize the cemetery office.

The suspects were scheduled for arraignment Thursday morning.


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Photo: A suspect is taken into custody after a cross was allegedly stolen from an Artesia cemetery. Credit: Cerritos sheriff's station via KTLA