30+ headstones destroyed at Sturgis cemetery

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STURGIS, Mich. — Police in Sturgis are looking for the suspects who they said destroyed more than 30 headstones and grave markers at a local cemetery.

Officials with the Sturgis Police Department said they believe the damage was done sometime between April 1-3 at the Oaklawn Cemetery.

Police said it appears the suspects broke into the cemetery and also vandalized a small building on the property.

Many residents visited the cemetery Saturday to make sure loved ones graves weren't damaged.

Mary Kay Kunce is a neighbor to Oaklawn Cemetery who's lived in Sturgis for over 40 years.

"It's depressing because it's all of the older ones that have been here since I remember, when I was a little girl. We have relatives buried here so we came to see where the damage is done and how severe." said Kunce.

This follows a similar instance of vandalism at a cemetery in Van Buren County in March where more than 30 headstones were tipped and broken. Authorities later said three teens confessed to the damage, telling police they did it “for fun and because they were bored.”

Sturgis Police said Monday that the city is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the "successful prosecution" of those responsible for the damage.

Anyone with information on this latest case is asked to call the Sturgis Police Department at 269-659-7260, St. Joseph County Central Dispatch at 269-467-4195 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-342-STOP.

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