Published: Jun 01, 2010 10:40 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 01, 2010 5:11 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Fort Myers police have recovered $1,000 in vases, which were stolen from a cemetery and sold for scrap metal.

This morning the Fort Myers Police Department received an anonymous call in reference to stolen cemetery vases being taken to Allied Recycling, a metal recycling company, located at 3770 Veronica S. Shoemaker Boulevard. The caller provided a detailed description of the suspect’s vehicle.

Police responded to the recycling company and learned the transaction had already taken place. Police then located the suspect’s vehicle and conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of State Road 82 and Buckingham Road. After further investigation police arrested Sarah Helton, age 26, of North Fort Myers, for dealing in stolen in property and providing false information to a dealer.

Police recovered five brass vases valued at $200 each. The vases were stolen from Memorial Gardens. When Helton sold the vases to the recycling company she received a total of $35 for the 22 pounds of brass.