A heroin user allegedly stole hundreds of gravestone plaques and vases from a Fremantle Cemetery depot and was trying to offload them for scrap metal, police claim. The 48-year-old man, who is in hospital being treated for a suspected heroin overdose, has been charged with stealing about 200 plaques and vases.

It is understood the items were at the cemetery depot for recycling and that no plaques were taken from existing graves within the cemetery. Det-Sen. Sgt Chris Turner, officer in charge of the Peel district crime team, said a 24-year-old has also been charged over the thefts.

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