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Two southern Indiana cemeteries vandalized

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GREENVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- Police are looking into more than a dozen broken or vandalized headstones at two southern Indiana cemeteries.

Most of the vandalism happened at the Buttontown Cemetery in Greenville. It's very old and small and that's why it was easy for these nearby neighbors to see that someone had recently gone through and vandalized a number of headstones here.

"We noticed on Christmas day, my daughter was leaving and she called and said, mom, somebody has, you know, knocked over a bunch of the headstones," said Tammy Nichols, who a neighbor.

Nichols lives across the street from the cemetery on Buttontown and Old Vincennes Road in Greenville and she said she's is pretty disturbed by the vandalism.

"It is disappointing that they would be disrespectful and also, it makes us worry about our property and whether or not they did any damage to anything on our property," she added. 

There was no damage found on Nichols' property but more than a dozen headstones were broken or knocked over at the Buttontown Cemetery and police say the vandalism didn't stop here.

"Between the Greenville Police Department and the Floyd County Sheriff's Department, we're both looking into this incident at both places," said Greenville Marshal Justin Craig.

Craig said nearby Green Lawn Cemetery was also vandalized.

"One to three at that one and I think approximately 15 at this one," he said.

Right now, there are no suspects, but police are looking.

"It is tragic that someone would come up here to someone's loved one's resting place and destroy the stuff that's not their property, other peoples' belongings," Craig said.

"Sometimes they pull in my driveway or pull on the side of the road to stop and look at the stones," said Nichols.

Over the years, Nichols has seen dozens of family members come and go. That's why she hopes an arrest is made and the headstones are repaired before the next visit.

"I would like to see it look nice again and be respectful to the families who have family members buried there," she said.

Right now, the Floyd County Sheriff is considering a reward in the case.

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