Vandals accused of $50K in cemetery damage

March 18, 2010 7:56:01 AM PDT
Three Corsicana men face charges after vandalism at a cemetery damaged more than 80 tombstones and caused at least $50,000 in damage. The Navarro County Sheriff's Department says the three men, ranging in age from 19 to 21, were arrested Wednesday and face felony criminal mischief charges in excess of $20,000.

Pete Goodin with the Hopewell Cemetery Association is urging volunteers to meet at the cemetery on Saturday to work on repairs. Some of the broken tombstones date to the 1800s.

Detective Hank Bailey says the suspects in this month's vandalism were located based on items left at the scene, which showed evidence of a party.

Bailey told the Corsicana Daily Sun that all three suspects are unemployed.

Preliminary damage estimates topped $50,000, but some investigators say the destruction could add up to twice that amount.