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Vandals damage 67 grave markers in Hutchinson

May 18, 2012


— Vandals broke or knocked over 67 headstones — some marking the graves of Civil War veterans — at a cemetery in Hutchinson.

The damage was discovered Wednesday at Eastside Cemetery. The cemetery manager says 21 of the markers were broken and the rest knocked over.

Hutchinson police believe the vandalism happened late Tuesday or early Wednesday. No one has been arrested.

The Hutchinson News reports ( ) many of the markers that were broken are from the 1800s and mark the graves of Civil War or Mexican-American War veterans. Eastside is the oldest cemetery in Hutchinson and also hold the graves of some of Hutchinson's first settlers.

The city's insurance doesn't cover broken headstones but anyone convicted in the case could be ordered to pay restitution.


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