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Police: Gravestones Toppled In Plymouth Vandalism Spree

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PLYMOUTH (WCCO) — Police are asking for the public’s help in finding the person or people responsible for a vandalism spree in Plymouth over the weekend, including the toppling and damaging of 45 gravestones at a church.

Plymouth Police said they responded to more than 25 reports of criminal damage along the Northwest Boulevard corridor, from 35th Avenue to 55th Avenue. A majority of the incidents occurred between Friday evening and early Saturday morning.

In addition to the graveyard vandalism, the reports include multiple tires slashed on several vehicles, landscape lights broken, pumpkins smashed and a rock thrown through a vehicle’s windshield. The total damage amount is unknown at this time.

A St. Joseph’s Historic Church representative said the church’s insurance will not cover the gravestone damages, so it will be up to the relatives of the individuals buried at the site. It’s an old cemetery, so it might be very difficult to find relatives connected to the toppled gravestones.

“I hope [the vandals] are happy with themselves.” said David Thayer, whose family member’s headstone was vandalized. “What was their goal here …. Just bored or what?”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Plymouth Police Department at 763-509-5160 or the Hennepin County Dispatch at 763-525-6210.

Anyone who prefers to remain anonymous can contact the Crime Stoppers website or call 1-800-222-8477.

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