LONGMONT - A concerned, anonymous resident has offered to increase the reward by $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the vandalism of the headstones and grave sites at the Mountain View Cemetery.
The donor, who has family buried at Mountain View Cemetery, was heartbroken by the vandalism.
Longmont Police have recovered the head of a granite Civil War memorial statue that vandals toppled in Mountain View cemetery over the weekend.
Cemetery officials say vandals tipped over 106 headstones early Saturday and broke the statue into pieces. It was the fourth time since July 6 that vandals have hit the cemetery.
Police Cmdr. Jeff Satur tells the Longmont Times-Call a firefighter found the head of the vandalized statue outside a fire station across the street from the cemetery. A police officer retrieved it Tuesday to be swabbed for evidence.
The memorial statue was donated to cemetery in 1907.
The private not-for-profit board that runs the cemetery is considering additional security measures.
Anyone with information on this crime, or any other crime, is asked to call the Longmont Police Department at 303-651-8501 or Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers provides a way for members of the community, like you, to assist local law enforcement agencies in the fight against crime. Crime Stoppers knows "someone other than the criminal has information that can help solve a crime". Crime Stoppers offers anonymity to people who provide information about crimes and pays rewards when the information supplied leads to an arrest. People providing information to Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges for this crime may receive up to $2,000.00 reward and remain anonymous. Tips can also be provided to the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at www.nococrimestoppers.com or by Text to: 244637 (crimes) Keyword: NOCO (followed by your tip).
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