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Police say 4 people stole headstone of ex-Ole Miss mascot

 

The Associated Press

 

 

OXFORD -- First the University of Mississippi killed its Colonel Reb mascot. 

 

Now, in a further indignity, police say four young people stole his fictional headstone from a restaurant where it resided. 

 

Ole Miss retired the character from duty as its sidelines mascot in 2003. Critics said the bearded old man's resemblance to a plantation owner harkened back to slavery. 

 

The Oxford Eagle reports owners of a now-closed restaurant told police on Jan. 31 that a $1,500 headstone commemorating Colonel Reb was stolen. 

 

Four people -- 20-year-old Kelli Ann Camp of Oxford, 19-year-old Jose Meraz of Coldwater, 19-year-old Nathan Moss of Grenada, and 20-year-old Brandon Byrd of Southaven -- surrendered to police Tuesday. 

 

They have agreed to return the headstone. 

 

All were charged with grand larceny and required to post $1,500 bail.

 

 

 

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