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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Vandals damage 24 headstones at historic Maryland church cemetery

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. - A cemetery at one of the oldest churches in Prince George's County was vandalized over the weekend. Police are asking for the public's help in finding those responsible for toppling about two dozen headstones.

St. Thomas Episcopal Parish in Upper Marlboro is the county's second oldest continously-operating church and cemetery, dating back to the 1800s, and it's on the National Register of Historic Places. Prince George's County Police Chief Hank Stawinski said it's believed the cemetery was vandalized sometime Friday night, and the damage was discovered on Saturday.

In all, 24 headstones were knocked over. Stawinski said police are taking the situation very seriously, and detectives are working around the clock to find the person or people who did it.

"This is our collective heritage, and as I've said before, I'm not from someplace else," Stawinski said. "This is my home. and I take this as a personal affront."



Anonymous said...

Punks that have nothing better to do in their miserable lives. Is nothing sacred ?

Anonymous said...

When caught....and they will be caught - minimum 1000 hrs community service. Where? Any MD cemetery that's in disrepair and needs landscaped.

Huh, think 1000 hrs is too much?? Its 25 weeks. NO, in today's climate, I think the time fits the crime.

Better than rotting in JAIL producing nothing. Here, they are doing a service for the community that very seldom gets accomplished!

Anonymous said...

Plus a personal apology to every living family member of the deceased.