PARKLAND (CBSMiami) – There are always people who try to profit off of others’ misery and sadness.
Two people were arrested Monday accused of stealing items from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting memorial in Parkland.
One of the suspects, 37-year-old Michael Kennedy, appeared in court Monday afternoon.
Broward Sheriff’s deputies say they caught Kennedy with several teddy bears, plaques and pinwheels in the back seat of his car.
Kennedy was charged with one count of removing or disfiguring a monument or tomb.
He objected to the premise that the makeshift memorial constitutes as a monument.
Some residents disagreed and couldn’t believe someone would steal from such a solemn place.
“It’s heart breaking,” said Arlene Nissim. “I don’t understand how anyone can do that. I mean, there’s no words. I just don’t really don’t have any words.”
“I think that’s petty,” added Mayra Salazar. “I think that when people pass away, they should really respect anything and everything involved with their passing. I think that was wrong.”
As of now the judge agrees, saying the court finds probable cause.
Kennedy’s last known residence was a homeless shelter in Hollywood but one worker told CBS4 they haven’t seen him in months.
Meanwhile the judge doesn’t want him to see him anywhere near Stoneman Douglas and ordered him to stay away from the school.
Also under arrest is 40-year-old Kara O’Neil.
It is not yet known if either has a connection to the school or any of the 17 victims.