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Headstones knocked over at Cedar City Cemetery, Police looking for suspect

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Posted at 7:18 PM, Jan 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-28 23:06:53-05

CEDAR CITY, Utah — Police are looking for a suspect after seven headstones were knocked over at the Cedar City Cemetery.

The vandalism happened either late on January 24 or in the early hours of January 25, according to police.

Loni Twitchell is a maintenance worker at the cemetery, she believes that the vandalism was disrespectful to those who are laid to rest there.

“It made me angry, because I care so much and then to see that those are pushed over on the ground," she said. "I was disgusted at how someone could act like that and just disgrace people like that.”

Twitchell says that the headstones that were knocked over were some of the oldest in the cemetery.

“They are actually in sections A and B so they are the first sections ever in the cemetery…so very old,” she explained.

Luckily, the damage that was caused is not critical and all headstones should be able to be fixed.

Some local businesses and community members have already offered their support to lift the heavy memorials.

The only clue police have of the suspect is a shoe print left in the snow. There is no surveillance from surrounding businesses.

Police say once they suspect is found, they will face criminal mischief charges.

If you have any information regarding the incident, contact police.