• Man charged with stealing veterans' grave markers


    DUDLEY, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- State police troopers who were looking for a car with potentially stolen license plate found much more than that after pulling over a car Monday morning.

    At 7:30 a.m., Dudley police broadcast that officers were looking for a car that was possibly involved with the theft of a car dealer's license plate. Fifteen minutes later, at around 7:45 a.m., a Mass. State Police trooper saw a car matching that description drive by his patrol car on Route 131 in Sturbridge. The car also committed a motor vehicle violation, according to State Police.

    The trooper who stopped the car noticed the stolen dealer plate as well as numerous veteran flag holders and grave markers, a grave marker for the Webster Fire Department, as well as a Polish/American flag holder inside the car.

    The car's driver, identified as 56-year-old Webster resident Alan Savides, was arrested at the scene and taken to the Sturbridge state police barracks and charged with receiving stolen property.

    Soon afterwards, Savides was also charged with 25 counts of theft regarding the grave markers, which were determined to have been taken from Saint Joseph's Garden of Peace Cemetery in Webster.

    At his arraignment, Savides was held without bail due to several other open cases against him, including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, receiving stolen property, and a violation of probation he began in March.

    He will appear again in court May 6.

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