UPDATED 6:40 p.m. Monday
TUSCOLA — Employees of Adams Memorials in Charleston worked on Monday to replace headstones at the Tuscola Township Cemetery, located at U.S. 45 and South Prairie Street, following the vandalism of 57 headstones over the past week.
Tuscola Police Chief Craig Hastings said fewer than 15 headstones were damaged last Tuesday night, then the others were damaged Saturday night. Both incidents took place after dark, Hastings said.
He said police were notified by the cemetery’s caretaker.
He said many of the headstones were knocked off their bases.
Cemetery board member Tim Hilligoss said he was shocked to learn about the extent of the damage.
“I’ve been on the board for about 20 years and this is the biggest vandalism I remember,” Hilligoss said. “Every four or five years, we have an incident like this, but nothing as extensive as the damage done this past week. We have a very upset community right now.”
Hilligoss said it was too early to estimate the damage.
“We’re still waiting for the final bill,” he said.
Hastings said police suspect the same people involved in the Tuesday night incident took part in the Saturday night vandalism because they followed the same path, damaging headstones in a swath from the northwest to the southeast.
Nobody had yet been arrested as of Monday evening, he said.
Persons with information about the vandalism are asked to call Tuscola police at 253-2351.