Vandals topple graves, smash decorations at Acushnet Cemetery


ACUSHNET, Mass. (WPRI) — Acushnet police are searching for whomever toppled more than a dozen gravestones at a local cemetery.

Police said they were called to Acushnet Cemetery around 7 a.m. Thursday where they found 17 headstones pushed off graves on the western end of the cemetery.

Police said those responsible also smashed some decorations left at the graves.

Crews were working to put the headstones back in place Friday. Several family members also came to check on their loved ones’ resting places.

One woman told Eyewitness News both her father and grandfather’s headstones were toppled.

The cemetery’s superintendent, Robert Rodriguez, said there are no surveillance cameras in the area, but said he was planning to increase security. He said this was the first time the cemetery had been vandalized during his 13 years as superintendent.

“Families have been through enough, if there’s any costs the cemetery will cover them, cause its so upsetting, and heartbreaking, and unbelievable,” Rodriguez said.

Police said on their Facebook page that they were “very distraught” over the vandalism and asked anyone with information about “this disgusting act” to contact them.

Anita Baffoni contributed to this report.

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