Sheriff Seeks Help Identifying Cemetery Vandal

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LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - For the third time in three weeks, a vandal has struck Hatchett Cemetery in Limestone County.

Now for the first time, the man has been caught on one of the two security cameras the Limestone County Sheriff's Office placed in the cemetery.

"The individual apparently discovered one of the cameras we put in the only tree at the cemetery, and stole it," said Sheriff Mike Blakely.

Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely believes this man to be the cemetery vandal.

Since November 9th, when the vandal first struck, nearly 90% of the headstones have been toppled or broken.

Deacon James Lucas, of Little Ezekial Missionary Baptist Church, says families and members of the church are disheartened.

"We wonder why someone would do this. We need to catch them. I think the Sheriff's Department is doing all they can, and the community is doing all they can to help us," said Lucas.

At this time the owners aren't sure how much repairs will cost or when they will be complete.

Four headstones were replaced, before another 40 were damaged Friday night.

Members of Little Ezekiel hope the vandal won't have a chance to strike again.

"I don't know what's in his heart but I wish he'd give his heart to Christ," said Lucas. "There would have to be something disturbing about you to want to come to a graveyard and disturb the resting place of loved ones of other people."

You can reach the Limestone County Sheriff's Office at (256) 232-0111.