SHERIDAN — A crucifix thought to be stolen from a historic cemetery near Acme was actually removed temporarily for restoration. Knights of Columbus spokesperson Greg Hampson explained removing the Jesus figure from a cross on one of the graves was necessary to maintain the monument.
The item was reported stolen to the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office last month, and the perceived theft was even reported in The Sheridan Press in the “Crime of the Week” section.
“It had gotten so dirty and sun-bleached,” Hampson said, adding that along with cleaning up the figurine, a group of Knights also cleared out overgrown brush from the historic graves.
Hampson said the miscommunication likely arose because the person who reported the item missing had not been to the group’s regular meetings, where they had agreed to do some upkeep at the site.
Hampson said plans are to have the figure returned to the small cemetery this week, but to take it down next year for a detailed re-painting job. SCSO Lt. Mark Conrad said he was happy to hear the crucifix was not taken out of malice.
“I love it when things like that turn out that way,” he said.