Thursday, March 12, 2015

Car damages 1800s tombstones at tiny church cemetery

The tombstones damaged at a small church cemetery in Conewago Township are so old their inscriptions are difficult to read, worn down by the elements.

Still, they've stood undisturbed — some for two centuries — next to Quickel Evangelical Lutheran Church at the corner of Canal Road Extended and Copenhaffer Road.

But sometime in the last few days, a 21st century crime did what time had failed to accomplish.

Someone drove a car through the old cemetery, damaging a half-dozen of the stone tablet-like grave markers, according to Northern York County Regional Police.

"At this point we believe it was done deliberately," Lt. David Lash said. "(Most are) broken off at ground level and will need extensive repairs.


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