Cemetery Fixtures Stolen, Police Say, but Not Carried Away

The police are looking for a man they say stole $189,000 worth of air vents and brass door handles from a cemetery in the Bronx on Monday, even though he did not get away with the loot.

The thief was seen in St. Raymond Cemetery around 8 a.m. Monday with the metal goods, which he had removed without permission, the police said. When confronted, he fled without taking the items, the police added.

On Tuesday afternoon, the police identified the suspect as Louis Peduto, 56, and said he was known to frequent the cemetery.

Public information officers at the Police Department said they did not know how the thief had been carrying or carting the $189,000 worth of metal.

Nor could they explain the circumstances surrounding a photo of Mr. Peduto they circulated, which they said was taken on Monday at the cemetery and shows him holding what looks like a plastic tulip and posing calmly for the camera.

No one answered the phone at the cemetery late Tuesday afternoon.

Anyone with information about Mr. Peduto’s whereabouts is asked to contact Crime Stoppers.

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