Vandals Strike Mount Hope Cemetery

Topeka (WIBW) - Topeka Police are investigating a case of vandalism at a cemetery over the weekend.

Police were called to Mount Hope, east of SW 17th and Fairlawn, just after 8 am Sunday.

They say more than 50 headstones were damaged, along with 12 vases. Damages so far exceed $5,000, and the number is expected to grow.

Police say they think the vandals hit the cemetery between 10 pm Saturday and 7 am Sunday.

They also said whoever did this faces criminal damage and criminal trespass charges.

Cemetery office manager Terry Dubbs says the vandalism is not only hard for their small staff, but especially difficult for the families who have loved ones buried there. She says they invest not only money in the grave markers, but they are also very personal tributes to their loved ones.

Among the monuments damaged is an Italian marble statue of Abraham Lincoln that has been at the cemetery more than 50 years. They say it cannot be repaired.


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