Posted: Nov 8, 2012 6:58 AM
Updated: Nov 8, 2012 7:02 AM
Authorities in Bracken County arrested a man and charged him with making off from a cemetery with a 700-pound burial vault.
Deputies say Gilbert Strode, 56, stole the metal burial vault from the St. Augustine Cemetery and planned to sell it for scrap. Deputies say they received a tip and caught Strode after a high-speed chase. The vault fell out of the back of his truck as he fled deputies.
The funeral director says the vault had recently been delivered for an upcoming funeral. It was replaced in time for the burial.