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Vandals Hit Historical Cemetery in Rogersville

112712 LD Cemetery Vandalism

ROGERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Vandals have struck yet another cemetery in north Alabama, this time in Lauderdale County.


Established in 1818, Liberty Cemetery on Lee Street stands as the first public burial location in the town of Rogersville.


So it came as a shock to law enforcement when it was brought to their attention that someone ran over several grave markers while driving a vehicle through the graveyard.


“For someone to disrespect a property, to desecrate a grave site, it’s hard to imagine why,” said Rogersville Police Officer Mark White. “How somebody could do that?”


According to White vandals drove through the cemetery to get to a wall built around several graves.


Officer White says close to fifty limestone rocks that make up the capstone were taken from the wall.


“This is a cemetery that’s historical; it has a lot of value to the community and for somebody to destroy it this way and they need to be caught,” said White.


And according to police, the rocks that were stolen should be easy to identify.


Police say many of the rocks took at least a couple of people to lift.


Rogersville Police ask that if you have any information on this vandalism and theft, give Shoals Area Crime Stoppers a call at 256-386-8685.