John Wen­dell Albrecht Sr., 74, and John Darron Albrecht Jr., 48, both entered Alford pleas in connection with the theft of a tombstone from Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Montevideo.

John Wen­dell Albrecht Sr., 74, and John Darron Albrecht Jr., 48, both entered Alford pleas in connection with the theft of a tombstone from Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Montevideo.

The men appeared before the Eighth District Judicial Court in Montevideo last week, with Judge Thomas Van Hon presiding. Each of the men were charged with  one count of felony theft in the removal of Sandra Sue Albrecht’s tombstone.

By entering Alford pleas, neither of the men admitted to committing the crime, but they did admit that the prosecution likely had enough evidence to prove their guilt.

According to the Statement of Probable Cause, on April 13, 2017, Brad Weckwerth, sexton of Sunset Memorial Ceme­tery, reported to police that a gravestone was missing.  He stated that he had recently witnessed John Albrecht Sr. come into town pulling a trailer, and that there were other people in the Albrecht vehicle.

Later, Lane Albrecht reported to police that  someone had stolen his mother’s gravestone. He  stated that he and his siblings had purchased the stone, and that he suspected his father and brother were responsible for the theft.

Montevideo  Police Chief  Adam Christopher  contacted Deb Grussing (daughter of John Albrecht  Sr.) who confirmed that her and her siblings had purchased the stone. She also suspected that her father and brother had taken the stone.

On April 14, another witness came forward to state that he had  seen a tan van hastily leaving the north entrance of the cemetery on April 11. The van headed north out of Montevideo pulling a trailer that had a gravestone strapped onto it.

Upon further investigation, law enforcement obtained a search warrant which was executed on the property of John Albrecht Sr. On April 17, officers from the Montevideo Police Department, the Sheriff’s Department, the State Patrol, and  the Department of Natural Resources all took part in the search.

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