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Ponder accused of robbing graveyard
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The sheriff’s department has arrested a 26-year-old Dowelltown man and charged him with stealing bronze vases from cemetery tombstones and selling them for scrap.According to Sheriff Patrick Ray, Gary Christopher Ponder faces one count of theft over $1,000 after taking eleven bronze vases, valued at more than $1,000, from eleven different graves at DeKalb Memorial Gardens on March 24. He allegedly sold the vases to a scrap yard in Woodbury. Ray said Ponder admitted to stealing eleven vases, but more could be missing from the cemetery.