Police in West Hartford are searching for someone who knocked over 23 headstones at a business that sells tombstones and monuments.
Investigators said vandals targeted Volpe Monuments on Dexter Street sometime overnight.
"It's, it's awful," said Volpe Monuments owner Michele Volpe-Trudeau.
She told Eyewitness News she learned about the vandalism from her employees when they showed up for work.
"We haven't had a problem like this ever, ever," said Volpe-Trudeau, who is still recovering from surgery. "In the 49 years that we've been there, occasionally on a Halloween we might have an egg or a little bit of toilet paper thrown in a tree. But, we've never had anything to this extent."
Several headstones were knocked off their foundations and fell over. Putting them back will not be easy because each weighs between 400 and 600 pounds.
"I hope that we can find out who did this because it is horrible to disrespect any type of gravestone whether in my yard where people are looking at it or even worse, in a cemetery," Volpe-Trudeau said.
Each headstone costs between $3,000 and $6,000. However, Volpe-Trudeau said she will not know the real extent of the damage until all the headstones are put back up.
The West Hartford Police Department is investigating the incident and anyone with any information is asked to call at 860-523-5203.
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