Approximately 90 bronze vases adorning grave markers at a Woodland cemetery were reported stolen by cemetery personnel April 15.
The vases at Monument Hill Memorial Park were valued at over $200 each, according to the cemetery.
"It's hard to explain to the families when they come in. Some of them are upset," said Lyle Tippetts, family services counselor at Monument Hill Memorial Park.
The Yolo County Sheriff's Office was informed of the theft and investigators alerted area recyclers to be on the lookout for the vases, Sgt. Hernan Oviedo said.
The next day, Green Zone Recycle contacted the sheriff's office to say they had a customer who was trying to cash in cut-up pieces of bronze believed to be from approximately 20 of the vases.
Oviedo said detectives arrested the customer, 22-year-old Kristen Farnham, for possession of stolen property.