A Norfolk man has been charged with stealing a bulldog statue used to mark the grave of a Walpole man who was murdered in July.

A Norfolk man has been charged with stealing a bulldog statue used to mark the grave of a Walpole man who was murdered in July.

Marc Abbott, 31, of 48 Rockwood Road, is charged with larceny from a gravesite, after police found the 100-plus-pound cement bulldog statue in his home last Friday night, according to Deputy Chief Scott Bushway.

The statue, which marked the gravesite of Billy Jones, went missing from Terrace Hill Cemetery in South Walpole last week.

Jones, 25, was shot and killed along with his friend, Gary Jones, 23, in an Army Barracks store in North Conway, N.H., on July 2. The clerk of the store, James Walker, 34, was also killed.

Ex-convict Michael Woodbury pleaded guilty to the killings in August and was sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison, without possibility of parole.
Bushway attributed the arrest to anonymous information the department received following the incident.

“The publicity that this generated certainly led to its recovery. Fortunately for the family, it was recovered quickly,” Bushway said.

Billy Jones’s father, Kenny Jones Sr., thanked town workers, police, and residents for all their help in recovering the statue.

During trips to local businesses last week, Jones Sr. found people to be extremely angry about the theft. “People were madder than I was,” he said. Many people asked how they could help, he said.

“Me and my wife are so happy with everybody in town that helped us out,” he said. He noted that town workers combed the woods around Terrace Hill looking for the statue.
Abbott will receive a summons to appear in Wrentham District Court at a later, unspecified date, Bushway said.

Police said the motive was likely that Abbott is fond of bulldogs.

Jones Sr. said he put the statue back next to his son’s gravesite. Some people suggested he chain it down, or secure it in cement, he said. He told them it was not necessary, however.

“Everybody in Walpole’s watching it [now],” he said.

Jeb Bobseine can be reached at jeb@walpoletimes.com or 508-668-0243, ext. 13.