UPDATE: The Kaplan Police Department has charged a 16-year-old male suspect after who allegedly destroyed thousands of dollars worth of property in a cemetery.
The juvenile was charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle, desecration of a grave and criminal damage to property, according to Kaplan Police Chief Joshua Hardy.
“There’s at least $10,000 worth of property damage.” Hardy said.
The teen was not injured in the crash and was released to the custody of his parents following the arrest.
ORIGINAL: Several graves at Holy Rosary Cemetery in Kaplan were damaged early Saturday morning, and the person responsible has not been caught.
Kaplan Police Chief Joshua Hardy tells News 10 that around two Saturday morning, a driver plowed through the graves, “A vehicle was traveling at a high rate speed down American Legion Road. [The driver] went off to the right, over-corrected and the vehicle spun out of control, crashing into some graves.”
He adds that whoever was driving the vehicle left it there and fled the scene. Officials say the residents of the address the vehicle is registered to reported it stolen. Hardy tells us Kaplan Police are working to find whoever is responsible but need the public’s help, “If anyone has any information on the driver of the vehicle or any camera footage in the area, just contact the police department.”
The cemetary is owned by Holy Rosary Catholic Church, so Father Mark Miley is now left to clean up the damaged graves.
“We’ve started making temporary repairs and we’re going to make further repairs Monday morning. We’re going to do everything to ensure the integrity of the graves and re-bless them and do the things we can for the deceased and for their families,” says Fr. Miley.