CEDAR SPRINGS, MICH. - Three men who police say vandalized and took pieces of a Cedar Springs war memorial are in jail and the missing items were recovered.
Last weekend, thieves took the helmet, dog tags and replica rifle from the Cedar Springs memorial for hometown soldier Timothy Brown. He was killed in Iraq almost 11 years ago.
The community raised $10,000 to erect a memorial in his honor.
Deputies say social media sharing and surveillance video recorded when the thieves broke into the Skinner Field refreshment stand helped identify the suspects.
“The anniversary of Timmy being killed is next Friday the fourth,” says his mother Cindy Brown. “To have this happen at this time was very hard for us.”
“Yeah, it’s hard to soak in why anyone would even think to do that,” adds Tim Brown, the soldier’s father.
“But the memorial is going to get back and fixed so that helps,” says Cindy.
According to jail records the three suspects are ages 17, 20 and 27. All are from Cedar Springs. They are accused of vandalizing the war memorial, burglary at the Skinner Field refreshment stand and stealing from at least a dozen vehicles in the Cedar Springs area.
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