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Woman arrested after stealing decorations from children’s graves to decorate her home

By Mason White 2:08 PM May 10, 2013
Debra Farinella 

By: Moses Gold
A woman was arrested after stealing flowers, plants and statues, from graves.

Debra Farinella, 57, of St. Cloud, Florida has been jailed after she allegedly stole over 130 items from gravesites, and used it to beautify her home and her garden, according to St. Cloud police.

Farinella stole the items from the Mt. Peace Cemetery in St. Cloud. The items stolen included statues, lights, ceramic pedestals, sculptures, flowers and more. Even more surprising, Farinella allegedly stole items from the cemeteries of children and used the objects to decorate the interior of her home.

“What a disgrace, shame on her! How can a person steal items from gravesites? Our family placed an angel statue next to our sister’s grave, I would be horrified if someone steals it, especially if they use it to decorate their home,” Cynthia Sanchez, 47, of Orlando, Florida told after learning that police are looking for people whose items were stolen from their loved one’s gravesite.

Six people had recently filed complaints with the police stating that items were missing from graves of their loved ones. An investigation began, when a city employee noticed Farinella’s suspicious activities and was able to get a partial license plate number of her car.

Detectives were able to identify Farinella and obtained a search warrant for her home. When officers arrived at her home, they found many of the items that had been reported missing.

Farinella is facing grand theft charges. St. Cloud Police Department has confiscated the stolen property and urged people to contact them for their missing items.