The owner of Bearden Funeral Home in Dawsonville has reported that a van was stolen from the funeral home property Wednesday afternoon as staff was inside the building preparing for a service.
According to the police report, the white 2005 Chevrolet Express had unlocked doors and keys in the ignition when it was taken from the parking lot.
Ted Bearden, the funeral home owner, said that the theft occurred sometime between 2 and 3 p.m. Oct. 4.
“The van was just parked at the chapel doors as we always do so we can load flowers directly out of the chapel into the van,” Bearden said. “It’s common practice for us, this is just an unusual set of circumstances.”
Bearden said that clients and staff remember seeing a suspicious man walking through the parking lot, and that one employee driving to the funeral home saw the man turning the vehicle around but “didn’t think anything of it.”
Bearden said that beyond reporting the incident to law enforcement and contacting his insurance company, there isn’t much left to be done.
“I think it was a crime of convenience,” Bearden said. “He needed a ride and saw the keys there.”
The description given to law enforcement is that the suspect is a white male who was wearing a white t-shirt.
The van’s tag number is APA3082. The van is not marked.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (706) 344-3535.