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Property crime at North Carolina cemetery leaves parents outraged

A small North Carolina community is outraged over a recent rash of grave vandalism. The property crime is the second incident reported at a cemetery in Gaston County. At least 42 markers sustained damage in the crime. Police report that the property crime damaged granite and marble tombstones in the cemetery. Authorities estimate that approximately $6,200 worth of damages occurred.

In the state of North Carolina, desecrating graves is considered a felony. Police are on the hunt for two people believed to be connected with the crime. Vandalism at this cemetery was also reported in mid-July. Not only were there some tombstones overturned, but graffiti was also painted onto several grave markers.

Parents and families of people buried in the cemetery are outraged over the crimes. One woman has two sons buried at the cemetery and both of the tombstones were damaged. As of now, she has no damage estimates and believes that the damage could have come from kids or teenagers.

It is important to keep in mind that, even though police are searching for two people they believe could be connected to the property crime, there is no assurance that those individuals are guilty. There have been no reports on why these two people have aroused the suspicions of law enforcement. Regardless, both people allegedly involved in this case will have the opportunity to fight any charges leveled against them. Cases like this can bring community outrage and grief from family members, so both would do well to ensure they are aware of their legal rights pertaining to this case if they are charged. Doing so could help them if this case ends up within a North Carolina court.

Source:, "Cemetery vandalism stirs outrage," Joe Depriest, Aug. 13, 2012

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