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Three accused of violating graves at Louisville cemetery

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Dixie Madden (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Dixie Madden (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)
Lenord Madden (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Lenord Madden (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)
Christopher Payton (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Christopher Payton (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police say they've arrested three people after they violated graves at a Louisville cemetery.

Police say 34-year-old Christopher J. Payton, 27-year-old Lenord Scott Madden and 30-year-old Dixie Madden removed five brass vases from various headstones at Bethany Memorial Cemetery near the interchange between Dixie Highway and the Gene Snyder Freeway.

It happened shortly before 5 p.m. on Friday.

Police say the trio tried to sell the vases to a scrap yard, but they were turned away.

Officers later found the vases in the trunk of a car during a traffic stop. All three of the suspects are charged with receipt of stole property and violating graves.

Police say Dixie Madden is also charged in a separate incident last month, in which she allegedly stole property from an elderly World War II veteran and his wife. Police say Madden was walking door-to-door, offering to clean houses. When the couple let her into their home, she allegedly "helped herself to jewelry," then sold the items at Mister Money on Dixie Highway.

She's charged with theft and knowingly exploiting and adult in connection with that case, according to police.

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