HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A community is looking for answers after an act of vandalism damages eight gravestones in a nearby cemetery.
New York State Police is investigating vandalism that occurred at St. Mary’s Cemetery on Hill Road. Officials are looking for the public’s help to find those responsible.
David Begin’s family has worked at the cemetery since 1947.
“This is the first time I’ve seen anything like this,” he said. “I feel bad because my father put some of these monuments up.”
Police said the vandalism took place between Sunday, September 18 and Tuesday, September 20.
“It’s not necessary,” Begin said. “You know, to me, this is kind of a sacred place and a resting place. It’s not a good thing.”
The cemetery is owned and operated by the Immaculate Conception Church in Hoosick Falls, but Begin said the vandalism hits home for him.
“These are memorials, and they are memories of people, who, most of them, lived in the community,” he said.
State police continue to investigate, and no arrests have been made. Police are asking anyone with information to come forward.
Begin believes it had to be the work of a handful of people. He said to knock over large gravestones can’t be done by one person.
“It had to be a pretty large group because there’s a pretty large monument over there with pins on it, and how they ever got that down,” he wondered.
Though the gravestones can be restored, Begin had a message for those responsible.
“Just grow up,” he said. “You know this is not a thing to do.”
The extent of the damage won’t be known until the gravestones are restored within a few days.