PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) - Jefferson County authorities are searching for relatives of deceased military veterans whose metal plates were taken from the headstones of their graves.

Sheriff's Maj. Lafayette Woods says 44-year-old Harold Law was arrested last week after trying to sell nine of the brass plates that are worth up to $2,000 each to a scrap metal dealer. Law's name was originally spelled Lawes by both sheriff's officials and by the jail's website.

Law initially said he had been given the metal plates as payment for work done for another man. Law later denied taking the metal plates.

He remains in jail on $25,000 bond.

Authorities say the metal plates were taken from gravestones and Graceland and P.K. Miller cemeteries in Pine Bluff.

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