COLUMBUS, Ind. (The Republic) - Thousands of dollars of damage has been done to a Columbus cemetery with graves dating back to the 1800s, 24-Hour News 8 news partner The Republic reports.
The vandalism at Sandhill Cemetery was discovered when a driver struck part of a grave stone on 25th Street in Columbus. In all, police and township officials say 22 headstones from between 1829 and 1912 have been damaged, and five of those ended up in the street.
No one was immediately detained or identified as a suspect. Officials tell the newspaper the size of the headstones leads them to think it had to be an adult, and probably more than one.
"The size of these things that are knocked over, it's pretty significant," said Mike Champlin, chairman of the Clay Township board that oversees maintenance of the cemetery. "It's the physical size of these that's surprising, how big they are. There had to be adults doing this."
Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to contact the Bartholomew County Sheriff Department’s anonymous tip line at 812-379-1712.