Vandals Topple Headstones in Greensburg Cemetery Created by kblakeslee on 4/25/2013 11:40:15 AM
GREENSBURG, Ind. (AP) _ Southeastern Indiana police says vandals who struck a Greensburg cemetery toppled nearly 20 headstones, including one dating to the 1830s.
South Park Cemetery Board Chairman David Miers tells the Greensburg Daily News the vandals hit the cemetery's oldest section, where headstones tend to be taller and more vulnerable due to their age. He says Monday night's vandalism is the cemetery's first since a 2003 attack that prompted officials to outfit the graveyard with lighting.
One of the 18 headstones toppled in the attack about 40 miles southeast of Indianapolis is a sculpted winged angel in prayer. The attack left the sculpture's wings smashed.
The oldest of the damaged headstones dates to 1836. Cemetery office manager Joyce Sebastian says repairing the damage will cost between $5,000 and $10,000.