City officials today put up a $250 reward for information about extensive vandalism that took place over the Labor Day weekend at Oak Hill Cemetery in east Lawrence.
A total of 175 grave markers many dating back 100 years or more were toppled or broken during the weekend at the cemetery, located at 1605 Oak Hill. Officials said it was the worst case of vandalism they had seen at the cemetery since 1986, when 50 to 60 grave markers were knocked over and broken.
Fred DeVictor, who oversees the cemetery as director of the city's parks and recreation department, announced the $250 reward at a press conference today. DeVictor said that reward would be given for information leading to an arrest or conviction of any person involved in the vandalism.
He said anyone with information should contact the Lawrence Police Department. Those calling with information can remain anonymous, he said.
Don Shaw, cemetery manager, said today that several of the smaller grave markers that were knocked over were put back in place Wednesday. Some are too heavy to lift by hand and will require machinery to be reset, he said. Others that were broken will have to be repaired.
City officials have not estimated the cost of the repairs.