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More than 100 headstones damaged in Oakwood Cemetery

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Updated: 1/23 10:54 pm

TROY, N.Y. – Troy Police are investigating a case after more than 100 headstones at a cemetery were damaged.

According to Bernard Vogel, 108 headstones in total were damaged at the historic Oakwood Cemetery. Cemetery workers found the headstones on Monday as they were prepping for an internment. The headstones were around 100 years old.

Cpt. Daniel DeWolf with the Troy Police Department said ""It's terrible; it's just a total lack of respect, for the deceased and for their families."

Bernard Vogel, Administrator Oakwood Cemetery said when workers noticed the headstones, which were pushed over; they went straight to the office.

"You can't just put a finger on what would drive someone to do something so devastating," explained Vogel.

Captain DeWolf said the attack appears random.

"Some of them were tipped over, some of them broken," he described. "It's something that's not going to be tolerated."

Oakwood Cemetery is home to some headstones that are century's old, one that was vandalized dates back to the 1800's.

The Uncle Sam cemetery plot was not affected, according to officials.

"All of these stones here," said Vogel. "They are our family and we will take care of them."

Vogel said the area of the cemetery that was damaged had just been restored this past summer.

Luckily, crews will be able to repair the stones, but not until the spring when it's warmer.

"We will fix them once the thaw comes.  A matter of a day or two they will all be put back in shape," he said.

Troy Police say they have no suspects at this time and no one is in custody. If you have any information about how these headstones were damaged, you're urged to call Troy Police.

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