Reward offered to find Oakwood Cemetery gravestone vandals

More than 70 headstones damaged this spring

CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio - A $4,000 reward is being offered to catch the vandals who damaged dozens of headstones at Oakwood Cemetery in Cuyahoga Falls.

The cemetery, which is owned by the city, has been vandalized three times this spring, including twice last week.

Around Easter time, 31 headstones were toppled over or damaged. Some of the headstones date back to the 1800's.

On April 15 and 17, officials found 41 more headstones were damaged.

Police believe the vandals committed the crimes at night, but they don't have any suspects at this time.

Jeff Amburn, the building and grounds maintenance supervisor, said plans are in the works to step up surveillance around the cemetery.

"It's hard to really understand why anyone would do something like this," Amburn said.

Cuyahoga Falls Police Sgt. Gary Blevins said the vandalism is very disturbing to families visiting the cemetery.

"A lot of families go over there. They care for the graves. They care for the site itself. To find damage such as that, and a senseless crime, it's got to be heart-wrenching," Blevins said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS.

Crimestoppers is offering a $2,000 reward and Cuyahoga Falls will match that amount.


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