Vandals damage more than 20 headstones in Racine cemetery

CREATED Mar 25, 2014 - UPDATED: Mar 25, 2014

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RACINE -- More than 20 graves in Racine's Mound Cemetery, 1147 West Blvd., have been damaged and vandalized.

Police said the city-owned cemetery was attacked by vandals between March 21 and March 24.

"The incident would have occurred sometime between Friday in the afternoon and Monday at noon," said Sergeant Jessie Metoyer with the Racine Police Department. "And if someone was out there, the weather was pretty decent."

The 23 headstones were knocked over and broken, cracked and chipped. Police said some of the damaged stones date back to the 1880s and are irreplaceable.

Racine police said they don't recall anything like this happening at the Mound Cemetery before. The damage is just beginning to be assessed and is estimated to be in the thousands.

"It's terrible, terrible judgment," Metoyer said. "It's very sad for the families, the tradition behind what our cemeteries and gravestones mean, it's something we do not like to see."

If you have any information you believe could help investigators, call the Racine Police Department at 262-635-7756.