Manhattan Mausoleum Broken Into Again

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

MANHATTAN, Kan.(WIBW) -- The mausoleum of a prominent Manhattan family has been burglarized for the second time in the past year.

According to Riley County Police Department's spokesman Officer Matt Droge, the suspect or suspects caused around $10,000 damage during the weekend break-in at the Wareham family mausoleum at Sunset Cemetery, located next to the campus of Manhattan High School West.

Droge said the marble facing William Wareham's crypt was pried off, damaging the copper casing around his casket. He told reporters that it appeared the burglar or burglars tried to open the copper casket but they were unsuccessful. Nothing was taken.

In late April 2012, the cemetery's caretaker discovered that the mausoleum had been tampered with. Police said an unknown suspect pried open the mausoleum’s heavy vault doors and opened the top of the vault inside, leaving behind $4,000 worth of damage.

The remains inside the mausoleum were not disturbed and nothing was taken.

Manhattan’s cemetery section is responsible for two municipal cemeteries. Sunset Cemetery is 45 acres and Sunrise is 80 acres.

William Wareham was the brother of Harry P. Wareham, a famous Manhattan entrepreneur. Harry P. Wareham is also buried in the mausoleum, located in the center of the cemetery.

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