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Historic cemetery in Wallingford vandalized over weekend

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A historic cemetery in Wallingford was hit by vandals and the damage isn't the only thing the suspects left behind. (WFSB) A historic cemetery in Wallingford was hit by vandals and the damage isn't the only thing the suspects left behind. (WFSB)
WALLINGFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A historic Wallingford cemetery that dates back to 1600s was vandalized this weekend.

The weekend incident was not the first time Center Street Cemetery has been targeted by vandals.

Bob Devaney is in charge of the Center Street Cemetery and said while they're looking at adding cameras, police were already looking at a suspect.

"People do things that are foolish,” Devaney said. “Whether alcohol is involved I don't know, let's just see if we can put an end to this."

Devaney said he noticed the mess this weekend. From headstones to even these star grave markers from the grand army of the republic signifying men who fought in the Civil War.

"One broken, a couple knocked over, couple of the GAR markers were broken,” Devaney said. “And some material on the ground, that we think had to do with the people involved in this."

That's right, Devaney says the damage isn't the only thing vandals left behind in the Center Street Cemetery, which dates back to 1670 and is even listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

"We found some items that actually linked us to one of the suspects the police department has,” Devaney said.

While police focus on suspects, Devaney said he was focusing on installing cameras.  That's because just this summer, someone toppled over and broke several headstones, some even smashed into several pieces.

"We're in the process of trying to put cameras up in the cemetery,” Devaney said. “Obviously, it's a costly thing and putting the money together to try and do something like this. But, we need to get this done because this is costing us far too much money, than the cost of cameras at this point."

Devaney estimates this latest round of vandalism will cost about $1,000 to repair and re-set those grave stones. 

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