Hundreds of headstones vandalized in cemetery

NORWICH, Conn. (WTNH)– A Norwich cemetery was recently the target of vandals. More than 100 headstones have either been damaged or toppled, causing as much as $20,000 dollars in damage.

“I think it’s horrible,” said Charles LeCourt of Norwich. “How can you have a conscious with that?”

The vandalism has upset folks living near the Hamilton Avenue Cemetery.

“I’ve lived here 14 years and I’ve never heard of any vandalism in the cemetery before,” said Suzanne Tanguary. “I’m always watching and seeing if there’s anybody in there doing anything crazy.”

Tanguary lives next to the cemetery. She sees people walk through once in a while, but usually doesn’t see anybody there except city crews doing maintenance.

“I just think it’s horrible,” said Tanguary. “I think it’s downright, just despicable.”

Freshly fallen snow now covers much of the damage. Some of the headstones, which date back to the 1800’s, weren’t just knocked over, but cracked and broken in half. They will require more extensive repairs.

“I hope they do find them because there’s a lot of upset people here,” said LeCourt. “There’s no reason for this.”

The Director of Public Works says crews will be out repairing the cemetery. The first thing they’ll do is upright the headstones that are in tact and have not been cracked in half, and they’ll do all this while also trying to tackle the winter storms expected to head this way.

Police are asking for help finding the vandals.

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