Families speak out after a man confessed to stealing vases from headstones in Davis-Greenlawn Cemetery

ROSENBERG, Texas (KTRK) — A man is behind bars after confessing to stealing bronze vases from headstones in a Rosenberg cemetery to sell for their metal.

Rolando Trevino was arrested and charged this week with 17 counts of theft from a grave. Police caught him in the act after viewing surveillance footage of Davis Greenlawn Cemetery.


Families say they are upset that someone would stoop so low and steal from the dead and grieving families.

“It’s kind of gross knowing someone came out and stole these,” said Cindy Harlage.

Cindy and her daughter Abby were at the cemetery on Saturday afternoon. As they passed through, they found that many of the tombs were missing bronze vases from their tombstones.

“We have family members buried closer to the front of the cemetery and some of them had their vases stolen,” Hartlage said.

She says three of her family members were affected. She says all three of her graves are in front of the cemetery.

“You can see how many flowers are in the ground or in the hole and there’s no vase holder,” said Abby Kettler.
They tell ABC13 they’re not sure what they’re going to do as the vases could cost $1,500.

“Well, we probably won’t replace her because who knows if someone will come out here and take her again. It’s a lot of money,” Hartlage said. “You pay for it. And when it’s gone, it’s gone.”

They say that for now they plan to put the flowers in the hole where the vase used to be.

ABC13 attempted to speak to cemetery officials on Saturday afternoon about possible future solutions, but no one answered the door.

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