Three suspected in grave robbing

LANSING, Mich. -- Police are questioning a third young man suspected of robbing graves, including the mausoleum of the family of automotive pioneer R.E. Olds.

Scott Allen Kindy, 18, of Kentwood Monday became the final member of a threesome arraigned on charges related to a grave robbing spree that may have spanned three states in the last month.


Richard Kindy, 20, and Patrick Wyse, 21, already have confessed to breaking into the Olds family mausoleum and stealing the remains as well as two other grave burglaries in Grand Rapids, authorities said. They will face charges in Grand Rapids later this month.

Police said the young men told authorities they began breaking into graves Dec. 13 when they opened the crypt of a man who had been dead only six months. Two rings were taken from that body and the young men said they were both thrilled and repelled by the act, according to authorities.

The Olds mausoleum burglary came next.

Containers holding the cremated remains of five adults were recovered from the Grand River in Lansing and a pond in rural Clinton County. An infant's coffin was found on the grounds of the Mount Hope Cemetery, where the Olds family plot is located.


Authorities also are seeking links to grave robberies in Dry Ridge, Ky., and Findlay, Ohio. They are culling through artifacts, including a human skull and a tombstone, gathered at the Lansing apartment shared by the elder Kindy brother and Wyse. Police have also confiscated jewelry they believe was stolen in the grave heists from the Kentwood apartment the younger Kindy brother shared with two Calvin College students.

The men were arrested based on a telephone 'Crimestoppers' tip to police. Richard Kindy and Wyse are being held in the Ingham County Jail on $140,000 bonds and Scott Kindy is being held on a $135,000 bond. Their next court appearances are scheduled for Jan. 23, when all three face preliminary examinations by a judge.

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