Couple charged with stealing from Parkland shooting memorial

Posted at 12:04 AM, Mar 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-28 07:52:03-04

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — A couple has been arrested after authorities say they stole teddy bears, pin wheels and other tokens from the memorials of the Parkland shooting victims.

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According to an arrest report, witnesses said they saw 37-year-old Michael Kennedy and 40-year-old Kara O'Neil taking items from a fence outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

A Broward County sheriff's deputy found the items in the backseat of the couple's car late Sunday night.

They were charged with suspicion of removing or disfiguring a tomb or a monument.

Kennedy appeared in court Monday, telling the judge that the memorials weren't tombs or monuments. The judge disagreed and ordered a $1,000 bond.

The Sun Sentinel reports Kennedy's prior convictions include delivering OxyContin, burglary and assault on a law enforcement officer.