City leaders discuss ways to catch those responsible for headstone vandalism

City leaders discuss ways to catch those responsible for headstone vandalism

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - New efforts to track down a group of vandals are underway as of Tuesday night.

In recent weeks, more than 100 headstones have been vandalized at Forest Cemetery and Toledo City Council leaders met Tuesday to discuss a reward.

Councilman Sykes is proposed that Toledo awards $10,000 taxpayer money for information leading to the arrest of the vandals.

This is happening after three different incidents of vandalism have occurred in the past month.

Just a couple weeks ago 12 headstones were knocked over at the north Toledo cemetery. Earlier, in June, there were two other instances. At one scene there where 50 were knocked over, and at the other more than 40.

Cemetery leaders believe this has to be a group of vandals because of how heavy some of the gravestones are. There has also been profanities found carved into some of them.

Luke Smigielski, the foreman of cemeteries said they applaud Councilman Sykes' effort to help his staff and Toledo Police.

He said they sincerely hope, reward or not, someone will come forward with information.

Sykes said he wants to work with Crime Stopper on the reward.

In the meantime, Smigielski said  his staff will continue working on repairing and resetting the fallen monuments and maintain Toledo's oldest cemetery.

City council is expected to vote on approving this reward money next Tuesday.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Crime Stopper at 419-255-1111.

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