Accused serial gravesite thief arrested in Pitt County

GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY - A man wanted for allegedly desecrating almost 100 gravesites was caught in Pitt County, investigators said.

According to the Greenville Police Department, 32-year-old Derrick Dunlow, of Ahoskie, was arrested at a Golden Corral restaurant on Greenville Boulevard at about 8 p.m. Sunday.

Dunlow was wanted in Hertford County on 92 counts of disturbing gravesites. Police said they believe Dunlow stole brass vases and other ornaments from a cemetery, then sold the brass for scrap metal. Disturbing or desecrating gravesites is a Class l felony, according investigators.

Dunlow was jailed at the Pitt County Detention Center under a $28,000 secured bond.

The suspect has prior arrests for larceny, damage to property, various drug offenses, felony conspiracy, obtaining property by false pretense, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, police said.

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