Authorities say two men broke in to a Martinsburg mausoleum and stole jewelry from corpses, State Police said.
Troopers from the Martinsburg detachment began investigating in May after receiving a report that two mausoleums at Rosedale Cemetery had been damaged. Several crypts inside had been forcibly opened and the caskets were visible, Sgt. Michael Baylous wrote in a press release.
Trooper Z.S. Conner developed several suspects over the course of the investigation. He and Trooper D.W. Satterfield interviewed David Bowers III, 24, of Hedgesville July 24. Bowers told them enough during that interview to be arrested for felony destruction of property and disinterment/ displacement of a dead body, according to the release.
Richard Ruffner, 29, of Inwood, turned himself in three days later and was also charged with one count of felony destruction of property and 23 counts of disinterment/ displacement of a dead body.
Conner found that Bowers and Ruffner opened the crypts with hand tools, pulled out the caskets and then stole jewelry from the bodies inside.
The jewelry was sold for cash at two stores in the Martinsburg Mall.
Bowers and Ruffner are being held at Eastern Regional Jail. Bowers is being held on $70,000 bond while Ruffner is being held on a $470,000 bond.
Charges are forthcoming against a third suspect who police believe drove the other two to the cemetery, Baylour said. The third suspect has not been publicly identified as yet.