Vandals destroy dozens of headstones at historic cemetery

- A historic cemetery hit by vandals with dozens of headstones broken.

Now the cemetery is trying to figure out just how much it will cost to fix the damage.

It is a senseless act in one of the most sacred places around at Sasha Baw Plains Cemetery on Maybee Road in Independence Township. The cemetery is one of the state's registered historic sites.

"There are people's loved ones buried here, dating back to the Civil War," said Pat Kittle, Independence Township supervisor. "I was here this morning with my police lieutenant and there were several elderly couples in tears when they saw what happened."

Someone came into one of Oakland County's oldest cemeteries and knocked over more than 30 headstones, caused tens of thousands of dollars in destruction.

Crews were out on Monday trying to get an exact figure of the damages.

"It does seem to be isolated in one area," Kittle said. "Large monuments, some five or six feet high. Some were just simple sandstone headstones that went back 100 to 150 years."

While some of the stones can be replaced, others are well beyond repair.

"I just buried a son," Kittle said. "I can't even imagine coming into a situation like this."

Investigators hope money will talk. That’s why they are offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.

If you know something or saw something suspicious you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP or the Oakland County Sheriff's Office.


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