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Posted at 07:48 AM ET, 04/15/2011

Conviction for Va. man in cemetery thefts

A Portsmouth man has been convicted in the theft of dozens of bronze flower vases from graves at a Chesapeake cemetery.

A Chesapeake circuit court judge convicted 24-year-old Michael R. Cardona on Thursday of 70 counts, including grand larceny.

The Virginian-Pilot reports Cardona told police he wanted to sell the metal from the vases to obtain money to feed his infant daughter. Police found 32 vases in a van inside the cemetery last Sept. 28.

Cardona is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 30.

By The Virginian-Pilot  |  07:48 AM ET, 04/15/2011

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