Police: Teens confessed to cemetery desecration and library theft

OXFORD – Police said the three Oxford teenagers arrested for desecrating a Catholic cemetery and breaking into the library signed written confessions and were apologetic to investigators.

Oxford Village Police Chief Richard Nolan confirmed that all three suspects in the case made oral confessions to the crimes before signing written statements admitting their roles.

The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office and Oxford PD began investigating the crimes last Thursday after library staff reported a break in and a missing wishing well that contained between 20 and 30 dollars in change. Later that same day, a woman walking her dog discovered the toppled graves at St. Joseph’s Cemetery and called the police.

Police arrested Devan Ellsworth, 18, of Greene Street, and two other suspects, ages 16 and 17, whose names were not released.

Nolan said the three defendants had been bragging about committing the offenses to classmates at school, which ultimately aided police in making their arrests.

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