More headstones vandalized in Batavia cemetery

Updated: 04/28/2014 11:06 PM
Created: 04/28/2014 10:05 PM WHEC.com
By: Amanda Ciavarri

It happened again. For the second time this month, vandals knocked down headstones at a Batavia cemetery. 

Police say it happened at Elmwood Cemetery. So far, 60 markers have been toppled. Some are damaged beyond repair and it happened in an older part of the cemetery.

This is the second time in just two weeks the Elmwood Cemetery has been hit by vandalism. On Sunday workers found 30 tombstones knocked over and ruined.

Steve Davis said, “I've never had it happen like this before. I've had incidences, a couple of them during the year, but never one right after the other.”

Steve Davis has been running the cemetery for more than twenty years. He had just finished replacing the 25 headstones that were knocked down a few weeks ago when he noticed more headstones knocked down. Davis found a family lot where four out of seven headstones had been smashed, including a statue of an angel that sat above a baby girl’s grave.

Davis said, “These people would be devastated to know, you bury your loved ones and you have to worry about the stones being knocked over.”

Now Davis and community members are asking who is doing this.  For Davis, he feels it has to be kids in the nearby neighborhoods.

Davis said, “I'm sure it is kids that are cutting through and as they are going through, they are knocking the stones over.”

To try and stop vandalism like this, the cemetery says they are considering putting in surveillance videos, but they are asking anyone with information to call police. 

Officials at the cemetery say the repairs can be expensive and because it might be hard to track down the families they might have to apply for grants to pay for the headstones. Again, if you have any information you're asked to call 911 or you can call the cemetery at 344-2047.

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