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Roughly a dozen headstones at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden were damaged after a driver smashed into them sometime overnight.

Police lights activated. Credit: File photo
Police lights activated. Credit: File photo
Roughly a dozen headstones at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden were damaged after a driver smashed into them sometime overnight, according to Police Chief Kevin Molis.

About 10:09 a.m. Friday, Jan. 24, police were contacted about the damage done to headstones at the cemetery located at Broadway, according to Molis. Officer Sean Ritchie responded to the scene to investigate, he said.

Based on a preliminary investigation, vehicle parts were found at the scene and "extensive damage" was likely done to the suspect's vehicle, according to Molis. The parts were collected into evidence and will be examined to determine the make and model of the vehicle that fled the scene, he added.

No arrests have been made in the case, as the incident remains under investigation.

The police chief said staff at Holy Cross Cemetery are aware of the incident.

Malden Patch left a message with cemetery department staff at Holy Cross Friday afternoon. We'll post an update once we received additional information from them.

Originally posted at 3:04 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24.
Matthew January 24, 2014 at 04:40 PM
Jim Duggan January 24, 2014 at 07:37 PM
Some people have no respect!
Kath F January 25, 2014 at 08:30 AM
My only questions is why??
Matthew January 25, 2014 at 10:30 AM
Another question I have. Why did the cemetery director wait untill yesterday morning to call it in, when he told the police on scene that he saw it like that at 11:30 pm Thursday night????? Almost zero chance now of finding who did it. Given that. I think the cemetery should cover the damages not the families of the damaged stones.
Matthew January 25, 2014 at 10:31 AM
Hey Mark. Maybe we could get some kind of answer from the cemetery as to why it was not called in when it was found the night before.


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