Vandals hit Batavia cemetery for third time

Updated: 05/04/2014 6:56 PM
Created: 05/03/2014 10:44 PM WHEC.com

Imagine coming to a cemetery to visit a loved one’s grave and finding their headstone has been knocked over. It’s a sad reality for too many people in Batavia. Vandals knocked over more headstones at a cemetery in Batavia for the third time in less than a month.

The Elmwood Cemetery’s Superintendent Steve Davis told News10NBC that he drove through the cemetery Friday evening and found eight more headstones, two urns and a garbage knocked over.

“This is a lot of stones to be knocked over three times in a row, so this is unusual. I’ve never had this happen,” said Davis.

 He said headstones that were knocked over during the last attack and fixed had been knocked over again.

“You do what you can to make the cemetery nice for people to come visit their loved ones and when this happens, it’s disheartening,” Davis said.

Resident Beverly Henning came to the cemetery and found that her family member’s headstones were destroyed.

“It was my mother and my stepfather. My mother was killed by a drunk driver,” said Henning.

News10NBC is told that police are following a few leads.  Davis says they are focusing on neighborhood kids.

“They’re almost daring us to catch them. They think they’re not going to get caught, and they’re just going to continue to do it,” said Davis.

Davis said he is considering putting up cameras in the cemetery to prevent future vandalism, but until then, anyone with information on these crimes is asked to call Batavia Police.

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