CRIME

Men charged with stealing brass markers from veterans graves in Rhode Island

Two men have been arrested in the theft of bronze markers from the graves of veterans in a Rhode Island cemetery.

Police say 39-year-old Robert Haney of West Warwick and 32-year-old Michael Gilligan of Providence are charged with conspiracy and receiving stolen property.

Police say the markers, worth about $20,000, were stolen June 18 and the two men sold them for scrap in Johnston.

Police say they recovered the badly damaged markers after being contacted by J & S Scrap Metal in Johnston, which paid $485 for them. Police say they identified their suspects using the metal yard's surveillance video.

Haney was arraigned and is being held at the Adult Correctional Institutions. Gilligan also is in custody and is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday.