Around a dozen headstones vandalized at Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin

 

FRANKLIN, Ind. - Around a dozen headstones have been knocked over at Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin, some over 100 years old.

The cemetery is expecting hundreds of visitors this weekend for Memorial Day.

Workers at the cemetery reportedly discovered when they arrived to work on Monday morning. Random gravestones were scattered throughout the oldest parts of the cemetery, some towers were destroyed and fell on top of the headstones.

"The area of the cemetery is sort of off the beaten path.  We have U.S. 31 and South Street and this is sort of up in the north end of the cemetery where i can be a little darker at night and so that combined with how close it is to the walking trail.  We think they just came off the trail and kind of decided to have some fun in their eyes," explains Stuart Smith, Greenlawn Cemetery Supervisor.

Unfortunately, this cemetery has dealt with vandalism in the past, but this is the most extensive in years.

"It's ridiculous. It's senseless. There's no point to it.  It's pretty bad," explains Joe Beardsley, a Franklin resident who came to check on his relatives' graves.

The Franklin Police Department is investigating, and asks the public to come forward if they know anything about this crime.

Some of the markers were dated back to the 1800's and some belonged to children.

The individual families own the gravestones, meaning the city isn't obligated to foot the bill to begin making repairs.

Repairing the gravestones reportedly requires a crane truck and a professional company, as some of them weigh up to 1,000 lbs. The repair bill exceeds $2,500.