Investigators with the Alcorn County Sheriff's Department have charged the individuals with a felony count of destroying public property after getting a tip from a pair of concerned citizens about cemetery theft.
Those charged were Kevin Eugene Gunn, 51, of Wenasoga Road, Corinth; Angela Renee Gunn, 35, of Wenasoga Road, Corinth; and Theresa Gail Robertson, 57, of Princess Ann Drive, Corinth.
The Gunns were previously married.
Investigators Reggie Anderson and Health Thomas found thousands dollars worth of items after receiving a search warrant earlier in the week. Items such as wreaths, bows, ceramic angels, crosses along with wrought iron crosses and other items were confiscated.
"Their goal in this was to open their own flower shop," said Anderson. "They had obtained a business license in May and had a shop located in the Village Shopping Center."
The shop already had a sign up with "Angie's Flowers and Gifts" on it, according to Anderson. The business was listed in the Gunn's names with Robertson listed as part-owner.
"I have never seen this many items taken from a cemetery," said Thomas. "It is amazing."
Anderson said a majority of the items were found at the business. Some of the recovered items were also found at the Gunn's residence.
All three remained jailed at the Alcorn County Justice Center awaiting bond.
"This is something that has been going on for quite some time," said Anderson. "Our department has been receiving numerous complaints."
Cemeteries such as Forrest Memorial Park, Henry, Dogwood as well as cemeteries in the Farmington and Rienzi areas all had items stolen by the three.
"Families would notice things gone as soon as the day of the burial," added Anderson.
The two investigators along with fellow investigator Tommy Hopkins were part of a crew who loaded a van and truck with 16-foot trailer full of evidence.
"It took half the day to get all loaded," added Thomas.
Some of the stolen items had the sympathy cards still attached with items dating back to November of last year.
The maximum sentence for the crime is five years and/or a $5,000 fine.