Town of Herndon Police have charged a man who they say was in possession of two stolen memorial signs dedicated to victims of the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary mass shooting.
Andrew David Truelove, 28, who lives in a rented room in the 400 block of Fillmore Street, has been charged with possession of stolen property. Charges from Connecticut and New Jersey are pending. He is being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, said Lt. Jim Moore, a police spokesman. No attorney information was listed for Truelove in Fairfax County court records.
The Herndon Police Department executed a search warrant on a home located in the 400 block of Fillmore Street and recovered two stolen memorial signs from New Jersey and Connecticut, Moore said.
One memorial sign was stolen from a playground in Mantoloking, N.J., and the other from Mystic, Conn. The signs were dedications to Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims Chase Kowalski, 7, and Grace McDonnell, 7, according to Moore.
“The Herndon Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Section was contacted earlier this week by the Stonington Police Department in Connecticut with a possible address for a suspect,” Moore said. “The second sign was reported stolen to the Brick Township Police Department in Brick, N.J. After an investigation, the Herndon Police Department obtained a search warrant for the house and recovered the stolen signs.”
According to the Stonington, Conn. police department, one of the 4-foot by 3-foot signs was taken from a playground at a YMCA there. “It was reported stolen on May 6,” said a police spokesman. “The parents of Grace McDonnell had some sentimental ties to this area, and may have gotten engaged here. That is why the sign was placed here.”
Neither Herndon police nor Stonington police have released any additional information about Truelove.