Two women in their 20s are suspected of repeatedly stealing items left at grave sites at a Redlands cemetery, police said Tuesday.
Esha Sumaya Khondoker, 26, of Redlands, and Kulreet Nakai, 22, of Rancho Cucamonga were taken into custody Monday night after their car was found to have items taken from graves — including a child’s pink purse.
The purse and several other items were taken from Hillside Memorial Park at 1540 Alessandro Road (map), according to a news release from the city of Redlands. The women’s car was stopped at about 7:30 p.m. where it was parked several blocks away, police said.
The two women admitted taking things that had been left at graves over the past several months, police said. They allegedly took flowers, decorative solar lights and metal art.
Police found additional stolen items during a search of homes in Redlands and Rancho Cucamonga, the news release stated.
“The thefts may not seem like much in terms of dollar value,” Lt. Travis Martinez said in the release. “But the losses were very personal for the victims.”
Khondoker and Nakai were cited for petty theft and released, according to Redlands city spokesman Carl Baker.
Anyone with more information or who thinks they may have been a victim was asked to call police at 909-798-7681. Anonymous tips can be provided by texting 274637 using the keyword “REDTIP.”