Sheriff: Veterans grave markers stolen

Police still looking for Ivan Benson

CHESTERTOWN, Md. (WMAR) -  

Police in Queen Anne's County have charged one woman and are still looking for a Delaware man in connection with the theft and scrap of American Legion and VFW grave markers.
 
The Queen Anne's County Sheriff's Office was contacted by a recycling facility about two individuals that had scrapped 60 to 70 American Legion and VFW grave markers on October 31 and November 2, 2012. 
 
The business identified the sellers as Ivan Benson and Destiny Guest of Smyrna, Delaware. The two were paid a total of $281.55 for the items. On November 9, the same company contacted police and told investigators that Benson had just tried to sell additional markers, but the company refused. 
 
Benson then went to another scrap company and sold additional markers there for a total of $98. Investigators learned that that had been the fifth time Benson and Guest had sold similar markers to the second company. 
 
Deputies also uncovered an additional 24 Veteran grave markers from the Crumpton Boat Landing a few days later. 
 
Guest has been charged with theft, theft scheme and theft conspiracy. 
 
An arrest warrant has been issued for Benson charging him with four counts of theft, two counts of conspiracy to commit theft and two counts of theft scheme. 
 
Sheriff Gary Hofmann is urging anyone knowing the whereabouts on Ivan Benson to contact the Sheriff's Office or Smyrna Police. " This is one of the more disgusting property crimes I'm aware of. After the sacrifices veterans have made for our country, to steal a marker indicating their service for scrap metal is just disgraceful" said Sheriff Hofmann. 
 
Tips on Benson can be called in to the QA Sheriff at (410) 758-0770 or Smyrna Police at (302) 653-9217
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