Police ID suspect in break-in, spoon theft at Garfield tomb

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Larry Bartlett (Photo Credit: Cleveland Heights Police)

Larry Bartlett (Photo Credit: Cleveland Heights Police)

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio — Police have identified the suspect accused of breaking into the tomb of late President James A. Garfield.

Police Friday identified the man as Larry Bartlett, 32, of Bedford.

Police said that sometime early last month, someone broke into the 180-foot tall monument in Lakeview Cemetery.

The suspect broke in through a window and took about two dozen commemorative spoons from a case inside. The spoons each show a different scene relating to the late president’s lifetime.

Investigators said they found a T-shirt nearby, two cigarette butts and an empty bottle of whiskey.

Bedford Police Department recovered the stolen spoons on June 5. They were turned over to Cleveland Heights police, who are returning them to the cemetery.

Police now are searching for Bartlett. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call authorities.

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