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Not again!!

Tombstones toppled and broken

by South Jersey News Online
Monday September 15, 2008, 3:39 PM



MILLVILLE -- Vandals toppled 31 more stones in Mount Pleasant Cemetery during the weekend and broke three that probably can't be replaced, said Jim Reeves, cemetery manager.

“We thought it was 30, but we found another one this morning, “Reeves said Monday afternoon. “You can see pretty much where they either came in or ended. They went around the circle and then on from there. Some were big and some were small. Three looked like they were kicked over and snapped off. They were the old marble stones, only about an inch thick. You can't even get that kind of stone any more.”

The vandalism happened sometime between 5 p.m. Saturday and 5:42 a.m. Sunday, police said. Reeves said it likely happened when it was still daylight. The cemetery is closed from sundown to sunup and he said police patrol it.

“It was probably kids on foot. It was at least two, and maybe three,” Reeves said. “It had to be older kids to have the strength to push the stones over.”

He said this was the second time in three weeks that the cemetery has been the victim of vandalism.

“Before, there was a fire in the woods and they pushed over seven stones,” he said.


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