Accused Macomb Twp. cemetery vandal caught hiding in woods

Headstones that had stood for a century and a half, destroyed by one man, officials say.

Dozens of headstones broken and knocked over and a cemetery in Macomb Township. Police say they found the guy who did it trying to hide in the woods nearby.

A total of 28 headstones were vandalized Wednesday night at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Macomb Township.

The headstones date back to the 1850s in this largely German area. Karen Brant has family buried at the cemetery said they were in shock.

"My father and mother are here, we have friends here and family. I'm very sorry to see this has happened," Brant said.

The tombstones are priceless so would do something like this? James Boyd also has family buried in the cemetery and that's what he wants to know as well.

"You're suppose to respect the dead and leave them alone, ya know? Someday, they'll be there," Boyd said.

The cops say 22 year old Tyler Jay Bryant from Macomb Township is responsible but tombstones are not the only thing he destroys. He allegedly kicked out a window when they put  him in the cop car. Now he's looking at four years for maliciously destroying tombstones, a cop car, and resisting arrest.  He also has two outstanding warrants for home invasion, all in Macomb Township.

"They aren't thinking about what they're doing, I guess," Brant said.

If convicted, Bryant would likely have to pay to restore the property but you can't restore the memories.

"Many of the families aren't here anymore but we will continue to maintatin them and a place that continues to shine for Macomb," Pastor Greg Griffith said.

Bryant was given an $85,000 bond and will be back in court on September 10th. 

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