TIPPECANOE CO. Ind. (WLFI)- Graveyards are a part of history, and Sand Ridge Cemetery is no different, but now a piece of one family's history is missing.
"The concrete pads were still there undamaged and intact however two of the stones that were side by side were missing,” said Chief Deputy Terry Ruley with the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's office.
On September 3rd Jeff Harmon who takes care of the grounds at Sand Ridge cemetery noticed two gravestones were missing.
"This disturbs me because I know they aren't cheap,” said Jeff Harmon the groundskeeper who found the stolen gravestones.
According to Harmon this isn't the first time something like this has happened.
"This makes 4," added Harmon. “This just started happening this year.
Officers don't have a lot of leads, which is common in cases like this.
"Why does someone take gravestones,” said Ruley. “I honestly don't know."
He admits this is a strange crime.
"This one is peculiar in that they were just simply picked up and moved," said Ruley.
The Sheriff's office checked in with the Wabash Township Trustee to see if the family had removed gravestones themselves, but they had no record of the family contacting them.
As for Harmon he hopes for the family's sake whoever is stealing headstones will stop.
"It's hard on the family if they have to replace the headstone," added Harmon.
The name "Thomas" was on the headstones that were recently stolen. Officers are still trying to contact the family to find out if they removed the headstones themselves. As of now, the case is being investigated as a theft. If you know anything about the crime you are asked to contact the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office at 765-423-9388.
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