Man Arrested in Glen Burnie Gravesite Thefts

Investigators arrested a Pasadena man in connection with the theft of property from a Glen Burnie graveyard.

Anne Arundel County police arrested a Pasadena man after investigating thefts from several gravesites at Glen Haven Memorial Park in Glen Burnie.

Investigators looking into the theft of several bronze vases and markers, which occurred over the summer of 2012, found information that led them to recover some of the missing markers. Several of the stolen pieces belonged to the graves of World War II veterans, according to police.

The recovered pieces led to the arrest of Dustin Landon Grogan, 42, who is charged with felony theft.

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justbeachy February 13, 2013 at 08:35 AM
Only a low-down piece of garbage would EVER deface a person's grave. If it were my family member's grave, I'd do everything in my power to push for him to receive the harshest punishment allowed by law. I also think these recycling places that accept cemetary vases & plaques should be held equally responsible, because that's where these creeps take them to sell them. This needs to be looked into by our government officials to seek harsher punishment for this inexcusable crime.
Polly February 17, 2013 at 11:49 AM
Just when I thought I'd heard it all, this happens. What kind of a sick mind could deface and steal from a grave site. Lock him up for a very long time.
linda morgan February 17, 2013 at 11:59 AM
I would love to know who turned him in to give them a hug and a handshake....this is horrible
Mother of 4 February 17, 2013 at 01:09 PM
No recycling place should accept grave markers or cemetery vases from people who are trying to make money off of a person's grave. They should take the I D of the person and report them to the police.
nic February 17, 2013 at 01:23 PM
Grave robbing is bad enough,, but Vets grave markers on top of that?? Does guy realize those people risked ALL for us and this how he says thanks?He should tried found guilty, stripped of his U.S. citizenship and exiled to Iraq....
Brad February 17, 2013 at 03:31 PM
Another useless piece of crap breathing oxygen, drug addicts should have their own island, so they can do away with themselves instead of getting arrested and given 3 hots and a cot, free medical, and living off the tax payers while in jail. People who steal from the dead and our war veterans are scum, these men and women fought for this country for the drug addicts freedom, and then the drug addicts steal their grave stones, I hope a judge throw the book at him. I hope the judge's parents were veterans of the armed forces.
Chuck Burton February 17, 2013 at 03:38 PM
Agree!! It's pretty nasty!
Jim Jones February 17, 2013 at 05:26 PM
Amen! I document cemeteries for the Sons of Confeerate Veterans, FindAGrave.com, Internment.net, and others. It sickens me that many cemeteries are seen as a get rich scheme by scrappers. I will go as far to say ANY recycling place caught accepting these items, should have their operations shut down, and all involved facing prison sentences. But unfortunately, our laws pertaining to cemeteries are not strong enough to make anything stick.
Jim Jones February 17, 2013 at 05:27 PM
Amen Brad!
Bunnyday February 17, 2013 at 05:31 PM
Not a bad idea Brad but right out of some of those futuristic films. Maybe we do need to look at putting drug addicts and criminals on an island far away. We probalbly have to start with a small community with a gate. Need money to buy the land or island. We could name the section District 9 or something. Would have to setup some support to get them started like doctors, and some means of making food and money for food.
Joe Galvagna February 17, 2013 at 05:46 PM
Great comments all. Throw this trash in jail along with the recycle place that accepted these items. Figure out charges later. Give them a few years to think about what they did. Good referance for legal pot. Lets have a public hanging at the grave so those offended can see restitution. Stealing from graves is bad enough but from vets no excuse this should be an act of treason. Put all of them in with general public. Give them plenty of vasoline.
Gina February 17, 2013 at 06:17 PM
Omg....what an awful thing....I hope others will not try to follow his crazy ass. Lord, pls help the sick minded. Amen
Miranda McClain February 17, 2013 at 07:01 PM
While I completely agree that only a total scum bag would do this I don't think we should treat anyone as less than human. Many of those who have hit rock bottom were vets themselves, and while the system does not work for everyone, there are many that it does work for. I have a family member who was once a drug addict that went to prison and was completely rehabilitated and is now a model citizen. He has been for almost 20 years and he is an ex marine. We should never give up hope on each other.
David Robert Crews February 17, 2013 at 09:27 PM
This article says nothing about recycling places or drug addiction. The stolen items were taken in the summer of 2012. The article says nothing about how the items were recovered or where from. Drug addicts, gambling addicts, any addicts steal for what they need to spend money on right away, they rarely keep stolen items for long. Recycling places often turn in people who come to their place with stolen items. I know that if Scumbag Grogan had taken the gravesite items to Owl Corp Recyclers - where I do business - they'd have had him arrested right away. Grogan may have been turned in by a recycler - it is wrong of you who say otherwise. Not all thefts are committed by addicted people - it is wrong of you who assume he did it for money to feed an addiction. Some people are natural born, or unfortunately raised as, thieves. To my eye, Grogan's mug shot neither clearly reveals that he suffers from addiction nor clearly shows that he doesn't - just that he possesses a lousy haircut and has scummy looking beard stubble. But his actions clearly reveal that he is worthy of a serious legal punishment. And you know that a lot of us would like to punish him with our fists.
Yaelle Glenn February 17, 2013 at 09:58 PM
best reality tv series ever!!!! Maybe make it sort of like a Hunger Games thing. Also....see my comment (was just made a minute ago) and combine my idea with your post here. Totally awesome!!!
Yaelle Glenn February 17, 2013 at 10:05 PM
Awww man!!! This is killing me. Apparently I was not signed in, right? So I typed up this whole, long long comment. And then it told me to sign in. I assumed that once I clicked sign in it would automagically post my post like other sites do. But now that i have made a second post (the above short comment) I see that second comment written by me, but not my original one and I see that this is not what happens. Dagnabbit. Now the world shall never be graced by whatever inane spewage it was that I had um....spewed.
Yaelle Glenn February 17, 2013 at 10:06 PM
thats actually a great idea. Why is this not done already?? The fact that they dont do this is....nothing short of stupid. Almost criminally stupid. How can this be allowed to be overlooked? Its like one of those "we'll look the other way" things just for a couple of dollars.
justbeachy February 18, 2013 at 11:47 AM
Again, we all should contact our local politicians about the sentencing guidelines for this kind of crime, & how to go about making them harsher. This creep's court date is set for May 3rd in Courtroom #2 in Glen Burnie, if anyone wants to see what kind of punishment he receives. If it's a light one, than that's why these creeps keep doing it. Anyone wanted to get thier hands on a few quick bucks would risk a slap on the wrists, right?
michael mooney February 18, 2013 at 05:50 PM
and the state of MD wants to repeal the death penalty - this should be a crime that gets it. Then, once we terminate the trash there is only one place to put the garbage - the body farm in TN - they don't even bury them there! Granted, many of those souls gave their remains to science but what better use could we make of trash like this but to learn how bugs feed?
Kim February 18, 2013 at 06:53 PM
I hope he is haunted by all those buried souls until the day he dies
Geoffrey Atkinson February 18, 2013 at 09:00 PM
Why the recyclers are allowed to remain in business (much less are not behind bars) is a mystery. I always wonder what story was given to the scrap yard when the guy(s) who have sawed off all of the guard rails along I-195 in Catonsville showed up with their loot. Probably the same outfit that accepts grave markers.
Relaxing February 18, 2013 at 11:03 PM
Seriously these criminals should receive tough sentence and work camp. Did they catch the person who stole $80k worth of heat pumps from a church? No morals or values for even cemeteries and churches. Very sad Accepting goods at a recycle place or pawn shop should raise flags too.
justbeachy February 19, 2013 at 06:22 AM
I have emailed Barbara Mikilski's ofc about this, along with a copy of this story; I will let you know what kinda response I receive. I hope that particular attention is paid to the fact that they have identified some of these items as belonging to the graves of World War II veterans. Something needs to be done. Thought this would be a good place to start. :-)
justbeachy February 19, 2013 at 06:23 AM
Correction: Barbara Mikulski, not Mikilski. My bad!
t.a.m February 26, 2013 at 03:24 AM
I already thought that the pawn shops and recycle business's legally turn in these items and folks anyway as stated. This guy is just as low as they come, hard to say why and what he was up to, surely he wont be the last person to do this. Interested in what Ms Mikulski's response will be.


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