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BETHALTO — The Bethalto Police Department is asking for the public’s help in returning grave site markers, monuments and statues to the proper locations and families after a pair of men have been charged with theft of the markers.


Beginning in April 2014, the Bethalto Police broke a case of multiple grave site thefts. Many religious statues were recovered after the two men allegedly responsible for the thefts were apprehended. Two brothers, Nathan Cato age 18 and Nicholas Cato age 21 both of the 100 block of Truman St., Meadowbrook, Ill. were charged in Madison County as a result of the thefts.


Bethalto Police have only been able to identify family ownership of 11 items. The BPD have 14 statues unidentified. The Cato brothers routinely traveled in Madison, Macoupin and Montgomery counties. The BPD provided several examples of grave markers that have been claimed, but more than a dozen remaining.


Below examples have been claimed by their owners, but represent the types of statuary that we have unclaimed. The Cato brothers routinely traveled Madison County, Macoupin County, and Montgomery County. Please contact Bethalto Police Detectives if your family is missing a similar statue at 618-377-5266.


 
 
 
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