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42 graves damaged, sheriff's dept. investigating

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OAK GROVE HEIGHTS, AR (KAIT)- Greene County Sheriff's Department is investigating the vandalism of 42 graves at the Gainesville Cemetery in Oak Grove Heights.

A lot of the monument on the north end of the cemetery had been knocked down and broken. Buford Williams has been the caretaker of this cemetery for nearly 20 years and he says he has never seen anything of this magnitude.

"Yesterday morning when I come out to mow, I looked and I said oh my goodness look at this," Williams said. "They knocked them over, a lot of them when they fell over they broke, big ones, little ones, didn't make a difference just got them all."

Williams said close to 50 monuments were damaged between Thursday and Friday morning.

"I personally think it's kids, big kids they come out here and they get down there and I am constantly picking up beer bottles and stuff down there," he said.

Williams said he's had 3 or 4 monuments knocked down in the past which made him ask the sheriff's office for surveillance.

"I can't really blame them kids, I blame the parents. If the parents had brought them up right they wouldn't be doing this," Williams said. "I just pray that everything will straighten out and be okay that's all."

Williams said it was only the monuments on the north end of the cemetery that were vandalized. He says the cemetery board president plans to fix as many as he can.

"He's gonna get a big strap and strap on to them big tombstones and pick them up but we have to figure out what we can use to clue them in place so they won't fall over again," he said. 

Williams said the people who did this will eventually have to answer to a higher power.

"If they never get caught, they aint gone get away cause that man above, he's got his eye on them and he knows who done it," he said. 

Greene County Sheriff, Dan Langston said they don't have any leads at this time. He said officer will be doing surveillance at Gainesville Cemetery and other cemeteries in the areas. He says if anyone has any information they are urged to call the Greene County Sheriff's Department.

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