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 Vandals knocked over two dozen headstones at Elmwood Cemetery on Harvester Avenue this month, causing several hundred dollars in damage.

Officer Eric Hill with Batavia Police says this isn’t the first time.

“It has happened before,” Officer Hill said. “Without having the actual statistics in front of me, we usually get a caller about once a year. It’s not just there but throughout the cemeteries in Batavia as a whole.”

Superintendent Steve Davis tells our news partner The Batavian that, though some money can come from the state through a vandalism fund, it could take a year to arrive. Besides that, there’s still about $500-600 that will be needed to make repairs.

“The complainant states that the normal cost for the damages that occurred were approximately $40-60 per headstone and there were 25 that were damaged,” Officer Hill said.

Officer Hill says the vandalism occurred sometime over the weekend of April 4 to April 7. Anyone with information on the vandalism should call Batavia Police at 345-6350

(photo via Howard Owens of our news partner, The Batavian)

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