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June 14, 2017

Group offers $4,000 reward for cemetery vandalism info

Photo/Lawrence Emerson
It could cost as much as $28,000 to repair vandals’ damage in the Warrenton Cemetery, according to a consultant.
Local citizens have raised funds to offer a $4,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and prosecution of those who vandalized the Warrenton Cemetery in April.

It could cost up to $28,000 to repair the damaged headstones and monuments, according to a consultant.

The non-profit Fauquier Family Cemetery Foundation offers the reward.

Foundation representative Lory Payne made the announcement at Tuesday night’s Warrenton Town Council meeting.

She also has consulted with a security company about the cost of installing security cameras in the cemetery, Mrs. Payne told the council.

The foundation asks anyone with information about the unsolved vandalism spree to contact Warrenton Police Detective Brian Kie at 540-428-9587 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Ars Longa · June 15, 2017 at 9:32 pm
For perspective, a generation from now, no one will remember the vandalism if the repairs are done properly. The sooner this act is erased, the sooner the vandals are denied their dubious celebrity.

That said, the sooner they caught, the better for all. If a reward facilitates this, then that is to be applauded. Let's just hope that people are as generous in their support of the Historical Society's efforts to raise the $28,000+ needed to properly restore and preserve the cemetery. Perhaps with greater awareness, care, and appreciation, community stewardship of the cemetery will be all it takes to ensure the safety of the cemetery in the future.
Ars Longa · June 15, 2017 at 9:22 pm
Why not put the $4,000 towards the repair and restoration? Wouldn't that be money better spent?
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