Cemetery in Batavia Vandalized Twice in Three Weeks

BATAVIA, NY - More headstones have been vandalized in a Batavia cemetery.

This comes after about two dozen were tipped over three weeks ago in the same cemetery.

The target of the damage has been the Elmwood Cemetery, which is on Harvester Avenue in Batavia. About 25 headstones were turned over three weeks ago. The headstones then had to be repaired and replaced.

Another 29 memorials were tipped over the past weekend.

Police say that all the headstones that have been vandalized have been in the same area and whoever's responsible has been vandalizing the cemetery at night and over the weekend.

"It's dark lit inside the cemetery, so sometimes it's very difficult for us to see in there without driving in there when a patrol car drives in there, usually people can duck in between the shadows and it's difficult for us to see," said Officer Jason Davis of Batavia police.

At this point, Batavia police says they don't have any suspects or persons of interest. Since the first incident, more patrols were added to watch the cemetery, but still, according to police, vandals have been damaging grave sites.

"All you can do is hope that people stop, it causes heartache to the families, I mean you knock their stone over it makes people feel violated," said Steven Davis, the superintendent of the cemetery.

And now, 29 headstones need to be repaired and put back in place, which can be timely and costly.

Operators of the cemetery are considering adding light to the cemetery, during the night hours to help police. Investigators say if anyone knows who may be responsible for the vandalism they should contact Batavia police at 585-345-6300.


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