ANCHORAGE — Authorities in a southeast Alaska town say preteen boys and girls have been questioned as suspects in a vandalism spree targeting a 200-year-old Russian Orthodox and Alaska Native cemetery.
Numerous marble headstones weighing hundreds of pounds were toppled over in three vandalism incidents at the 7-acre forested site in Sitka. Police say at least 10 headstones sustained significant damage between the incidents, which were reported between Sept. 13 and Sunday.
Police Lt. Lance Ewers credits “good old-fashioned police work” for breaking the case Tuesday night following a series of tips. He declines to say how many minors were detained for questioning before being returned to their parents.
Ewers says the case continues to be under investigation. He says possible charges have been forwarded to juvenile authorities.