Accused Cemetery Thief Asks to Have Record Wiped Clean

The woman caught on camera stealing a stone angel from a Middletown grave site in September is pushing to have the arrest removed from her record through a court service for first-time offenders.

Jacqueline Baugher applied for accelerated rehabilitation Wednesday morning. As she left the courthouse, she told a questioner who asked her if she had anything to say, "Just, I'm sorry."

The statue was swiped from the grave of 19-year-old Brandon Reeve, a Middletown High School graduate who died in a motorcycle crash in 2004.

"I would like to see her prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," said Reeve's father, Jim.

The family installed a hidden camera at the Calvary Cemetery grave site two years ago after Brandon Reeve's headstone was defaced.

"We're just keeping his name and memory alive," Jim Reeve said after the theft first came to light. "I don't know why anyone would want to do this to us."

Police said Baugher was driving through the cemetery thinking about her own ailing loved ones when she pulled over next to Brandon Reeve's headstone.

She was "very remorseful" when she returned the statue to police days after the crime, according to Middletown Police Capt. Gary Wallace.

Court records show that Baugher has been charged with third-degree criminal mischief, sixth-degree larceny and interference with a cemetery, a felony.

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