Police accuse Monessen woman of damaging cemetery
Monessen police used a ring left behind at a cemetery to identify a suspect believed to have urinated in a mausoleum building and used a screwdriver to deface several chairs, according to court papers.
Amy M. Large, 43, of Monessen, was arrested this week on charges including burglary, institutional vandalism and intentional desecration of a public monument.
Police were called Monday to Grandview Cemetery after a groundskeeper discovered more than $1,000 in damage inside the building. An officer described it in court papers as “appalling” — burial plaques, flower arrangements and American flags has been thrown on the ground and destroyed while “Karma’s a b***h” was carved into several chairs.
Additionally, a white lace bra, blood, a puddle of urine, rings and a screwdriver were found at the scene, police said.
One of the rings caught the eye of Officer Gino Faieta. It was engraved with the names Amy and Erik on the band. He found two previous police reports that named Amy M. Large and Erik Harter, who have birth dates that coincide with the birthstones on the ring.
Harter told police he bought the rings as a gift for Large, but that they had recently broken up. She also is accused of writing the same “Karma” message on his father’s vehicle.
It was unclear if any of the victims at the mausoleum were related to Large or Harter. Police did not return a phone call.
Large refused to speak to Faieta, but the officer reported her sizes matched the clothing and jewelry found at the scene. She is free on $5,000 unsecured bond.
A Nov. 30 preliminary hearing is set. She did not have an attorney listed in online court papers. Large could not be reached.
Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Renatta at 724-837-5374, [email protected] or via Twitter @byrenatta.