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29 Headstones Damaged in Pleasantville [VIDEO]

A Holy Innocents Church parishioner reported the damage after visiting a family plot.

Note: This story was updated at 1:35 p.m.

Twenty-nine headstones have either been damaged over overturned at All Souls Cemetery in Pleasantville, police reported.

investigators were at the scene this afternoon inspecting damaged headstones and evidence of a possible underage drinking party.

The Marble Avenue cemetery is associated with Pleasantville's .

"[The complainant] went to the church and said there were headstones turned over and broken," said Chief of Police Richard Love.

According to Parish Coordinator Eileen Bruehl, the parishioner was at the cemetery Wednesday afternoon when he discovered the damage.

He reported the damage to the church and "our cemetery manager went down to look at it," she explained.

The apparent crime was then reported to the Pleasantville Police Department at 9:30 a.m.

"Officers responded and found a small area in the back of the cemetery where it appears youths were hanging out and drinking alcohol," Love reported. "There were alcohol cans, cigarette butts and cigarette packages lying around."

The Chief said the headstones that were disturbed appear to be random and are spread out in the back area of the cemetery. He does not recall any similar incidents in the recent past and certainly "nothing of this magnitude."

Love said it is possible underage drinking may have led to the crimes.

"There was probably a little bit of a party and youths can't handle [drinking]," he said. "They do things they wouldn't regularly do and I think this is part of the problem here."

With the 29 stones damaged, "It's definitely felony criminal mischief and cemetery degradation," Love said. "I can't believe kids would do these things. This crime is unspeakable."

Anyone with information related to this crime should contact the police department at 769-1500.

Kevin Zawacki (Editor) August 02, 2012 at 07:04 PM
My condolences to the affected families -- let's hope they can refurbish the headstones quickly.
Brenda Healy-Labbe August 02, 2012 at 07:55 PM
My parents are laid to rest there and am heartbroken. I hope that those responsible for this sickening crime are punished to the fullest extent of the law!!!

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