HAGERSTOWN, Md. (WJZ) – A Pennsylvania man has been arrested after allegedly setting several wreaths on fire at the Hagerstown cemetery overnight, the State Fire Sheriff’s Office said.
Soldiers from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded around 1 a.m. Friday to Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, where witnesses reported seeing a man standing by a bonfire. There they found Peter Custer, 43, of Harrisburg.
Officials said Custer took plastic wreaths from at least three burial plots and placed them down an access road. During his arrest, officials said Custer claimed he was “trying to save the earth” and “a non-biodegradable plastic wreath”.
“This insult at Cedar Lawn Memorial Park is morally wrong. Disturbing the final resting place is despicable, criminal, and will not be tolerated,” said State Fire Chief Brian S. Geraci.
Geraci was held in a local detention center before being released.
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