Arrest made, van recovered after theft from funeral home

Arrest made, van recovered after theft from funeral home

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Joshua Reece is accused of stealing a funeral van during a funeral service in Dawson County. (Credit: Dawson County Sheriff’s Office)
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  • Joshua Reece, 26, was arrested Monday.
  • He is accused of stealing the van as mourners were filing into the chapel.

A man faces theft charges after he stole a local funeral home’s van during a funeral service, the Dawson County Sheriff said.

Joshua Reece, 26, was arrested Monday when a Dawson County resident spotted the missing 2005 Chevrolet, Sheriff Jeff Johnson said. 

A Dawsonville funeral home reported this van stolen during a funeral service. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

Officers also found a bag of methamphetamine on Reece during his arrest, Johnson said.

Reece is accused of jumping into the van during a Bearden Funeral Home service Oct. 4 as mourners were filing into the chapel. 

At the time, the van was being prepared to take flowers to the cemetery, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. 

Reece, of Dawsonville, was charged with theft by taking, unlawfully entering an auto and possession of a controlled substance.

He is currently in jail, Johnson said. 

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