Delavan cemetery damaged, police say

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Walworth County Today
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
— Dozens of headstones were either pushed over or damaged last week in a historic section of Spring Grove Cemetery in Delavan, police say.

Ken Wargo, a member of the cemetery's restoration group, reported the damage Saturday, according to a Delavan Police Department incident report.

Wargo couldn't tell when the damage occurred, but police suspect it might have been Thursday or Friday.

Police suspect vandalism, since no high winds were detected and the stones were pushed in all directions.

An estimated 87 headstones were pushed over or damaged, most on the southwest side of the cemetery in a section where some of the city's founders are buried, Wargo said.

While the Civil War monument in the cemetery was untouched, many of the headstones dating back to the 19th and early 20th century were damaged, according to the report. Because some monuments have historic value, the total monetary damage is difficult to determine.

Police are asking anyone with information to call them at (262) 728-6311.

Last updated: 8:10 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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