Vandals hit mausoleum in Lawrence County, damage headstones and glass

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LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ind. (November 30, 2015) – The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department is searching for information on the people responsible for damaging a mausoleum in Bedford.

On Monday, November 30 staff at the Cresthaven Memory Gardens reported that someone entered one of their mausoleum buildings, busted flower vases, removed letters from headstones, and busted glass out of the entry door.

"We have several older folks that have a spouse that's passed away and their parents are all in this building and they'll eventually be here, so it means something to them," explains John Sherrill, owner of Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

Detectives believe the vandals first ripped out flowers and Christmas decorations from outdoor grave sites, then used a vase to smash through the door.  The cemetery keeps the doors unlocked so visitors can come visit their loved ones any time they wish.

"It's the breaking of the trust and the respect that goes along with something as sacred as a mausoleum and a burial ground," says Sherrill.

There was more than $2,500 in damages.  The vandals could be facing a felony charge.

"We can fix the damaged that's not the issue, it's just the fact that it happened," explains Sherrill.

The cemetery is now considering locking the doors on both of the mausoleums to prevent future crimes, but it would limit when visitors could come.

Authorities are asking anyone with information about this vandalism to report it to the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department at 812-275-3316.

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