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Authorities arrest suspect for vandalism at cemetery

March 4, 2019

ROBBINSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in North Carolina have arrested a woman who they say vandalized a cemetery.

The Graham County Sheriff’s Office says 58-year-old Dawn Renee Phillips of Pendleton, Oregon, is charged with 61 counts of desecrating grave sites and is jailed on a $125,000 bond. Lt. James Hyde said Phillips, who had a Kentucky driver’s license, appeared before a judge Monday, but it’s not known if she has an attorney.

The sheriff’s office says surveillance cameras showed a woman walking around a church and fellowship hall last Saturday. While she was the only person seen in the video, deputies can’t rule out another person being involved.

Hyde said investigators got a break in the case when a woman taking pictures at a rest area got a photo of the suspect’s car.

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