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Four men are in custody in connection with the desecration of a dozen graves — many belonging to military veterans — north of Poulsbo, the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.

The Sheriff’s Office said vandals removed brass name plaques from the Breidablik Community Evergreen Cemetery and tried to sell them to a scrap-metal dealership. The thefts were discovered on Veteran’s Day.

Arrested were a 41-year-old Central Kitsap man, who was accused of purchasing the brass plaques for about $200, and two men ages 28 and 38 from Poulsbo who detectives believe stole the items.

Robert James McDonald, 40, was arrested Tuesday in Bremerton and charged with trafficking in stolen property, a felony, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Detectives recovered 10 of the 12 plaques, but said they had been cut into pieces and could not be repaired. Damage was put at $15,000.