Vandals Damage Cemetery Again

1 decade 8 months 14 hours ago July 28, 2006 Jul 28, 2006 Friday, July 28 2006 Friday, July 28, 2006 10:18:55 PM CDT in News

Carter said it could cost families up to $30,000 to replace the broken statues. But he believes the vandals should have to pay.

"I would like to see them be held financially responsible to replace these, or at least get them repaired," he added. "I think all the families certainly deserve an apology."

One of the cemetery's caretakers, Herb Lawerence, said the damage follows several incidents a few weeks ago. He compared it to a hate crime.

"Until this happened now, I thought it was kind of random, but this is the second incident within a month or so," Lawerence said. "And for some reason they're targeting the statues."

While Lawerence and Carter try to figure out how to fix the damage, Moberly police are trying to figure out who did it.

"At this point, we're trying to find out and develop any leads we can," said Sgt. Kevin Palmatory. "We're asking people, if they have any information about this whatsoever, you know, to contact the Moberly Police Department."

Police and St. Pius the X Church are offering up to $2,000 for information about the vandalism. Police will increase patrols in the next few days near the cemetery.

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