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.