Man destroys dead friend’s grave because he stole $300 from him 56 years ago

Graves in cemetery (illustration) 
By: Wayne Morin

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested on a charge of vandalism after being accused of destroying the grave of a friend who stole money from him 56 years ago, according to police Pennsylvania.

Now, 69-year-old Paul E. Donovan Jr., of Phoenixville, has been ordered to pay $1,500 restitution after admitting to destroying the grave of a man who stole $300 from him 56 years ago.

Donovan was also ordered to stay away from the Saint Matthews Cemetery. According to the criminal complaint, a woman called police to report that someone vandalized her father’s grave.

The tombstone had the name "John" written on it with orange paint. The grave was vandalized again a month later. Several months later, someone pour black tar on the tombstone.

The police set up a hidden camera, which recorded Donovan vandalizing the cemetery.

After the tombstone was vandalized again with black spray paint covering the name of the deceased, police were able to identify Donovan.

Donovan told police that he and the deceased were childhood friends, but 56 years ago, the dead man stole $300 from a box in his bedroom.