Pair accused of stealing teddy bears, plaques from Parkland shooting memorial site

Posted at 6:51 PM, Mar 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-26 23:20:45-04

PARKLAND, Fla. — Deputies arrested a man and a woman on Sunday for allegedly stealing stuffed animals and other items from the memorial outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Witnesses reportedly saw Michael Kennedy, 37, and Kara O’Neil, 40, taking items from the large memorial site created in remembrance of the seventeen lives that were lost in the Parkland school shooting last month. Deputies say that the memorial is located on the school grounds and fencing around the school.

According to an arrest report, several items from the memorial were found in the suspect's car including teddy bears, plaques and pinwheels.

Kennedy and O’Neil were arrested and charged with disfiguring a tomb or monument, a third-degree felony. They are each being held on $1,000 bond. Upon their release, they have been ordered to stay away from Stoneman Douglas.