A Crossett man suspected of stealing urns from graves at an Ashley County cemetery and the woman who allegedly sold those urns for him are both facing felony charges, according to a criminal information filed in Ashley County Circuit Court.
In late November through early December, Mark Allen Tyson, 27, allegedly stole about 30 decorative brass urns, valued at nearly $8,500, from grave markers at the Pinewood Memorial Park in Crossett.
His alleged accomplice, Hanna Jo Perritt, 21, is suspected of selling the urns for Tyson at a scrap metal shop in Ashley County and another in Louisiana.
Tenth Judicial District Prosecutor Thomas Deen charged Tyson with defacing an object of public respect and theft. He charged Perritt with aiding consummation of offense.
If convicted, Tyson faces 5 to 20 years in prison and a $15,000 fine for defacing an object of public respect and 3 to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine for theft.
Perritt, if convicted, faces up to six years in prison and a $10,000 fine for aiding Tyson by converting the theft proceeds into negotiable funds.
“Desecration of a graveyard will be dealt with severely,” Deen said.
Most of the urns were recovered.