The Gaston County Police Department is investigating recurring vandalism at Bessemer City Memorial Cemetery located at 800 N. 13th St., Bessemer City, NC. During the night hours of August 10, 2012, forty-two graves were desecrated. Suspect(s) overturned granite and marble tombstones throughout cemetery properties causing in excess of $6200.00 in damages.
On July 18, 2012, the Gaston County Police Department received a report of 7 graves desecrated. Damages included overturned tombstones and graffiti spray painted on them.
Anyone with information related to these crimes are asked to contact Gaston County Police Department at 704-866-3320 or Crime Stoppers at 704-861-8000. Individuals providing information leading to an arrest may be eligible to receive a cash reward up to $1000.
For further information relating to this incident, please contact Sgt. C. B. Lowrance at 704-629-2235.
Possible suspects for the vandalism of the cemetery in Bessemer City of 8-10-2012