It didn’t take long for the thief to return to steal again and the Armstrong’s had a good photo of the man stealing a pinwheel off of their son’s grave.While many police departments might not take such a crime seriously, this local police department’s Deputy Chief, James Logsdon, was more than understanding. His sister was stillborn and is actually buried in the same cemetery, not far from McKade.
Logsdon told Inside Edition:
“It would be hard to find a more defenseless victim than someone buried out here.”
The suspect’s photo and alleged crimes were published in the local paper in the hopes that someone could help make an ID (and would be motivated to do so by the nature of the crime). And, in fact, someone did recognize 77-year-old Alfred Boyer, who was then arrested and charged with petty larceny.
But that wasn’t enough for the Armstrongs who wanted to confront the man who caused them so much pain. That’s when they contacted Inside Edition to track him down – they wanted to explain to the man why the theft was so hurtful to them.
In the end, Boyer did offer an apology to Mr. Armstrong as he accompanied Inside Edition reporters to the man’s home. Through tears, he simply said he liked pinwheels and that he didn’t consider himself a bad person.
While he couldn’t really explain why he stole from the grave, he did say he was sorry.
Despite his contrition, comments on Boyer’s actions are uniformly unforgiving.
There’s no word on who accompanied Boyer to the gravesite as he took the item, but there are no reports of that person being charged with a crime.
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