Vandals target Orillia cemetery, overturning and damaging headstones

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Ground crews at an Orillia cemetery arrived to work this morning to find dozens of headstones vandalized.

Forty-three monuments were overturned at The St. Andrew’s – St. James’ Cemetery, possibly sometime overnight on Monday.

Steph Worthington, manager at the cemetery, said six of the stones dated back to the 1880s and were broken apart because they were so fragile.

Orillia cemetery vandalism

Worthington said the destruction isn’t covered by insurance, so the cemetery is working with local monument companies to try and repair the headstones. If they can’t be fixed, she said they would have to be left on the ground.

The cemetery doesn’t have surveillance cameras, but Worthington said the forensic unit was on scene collecting evidence.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact police.

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