Vandals hit historic Wauwatosa Cemetery

April 21, 2009

Wauwatosa residents are being asked to keep an eye out for vandals in Wauwatosa Cemetery, 2485 Wauwatosa Ave., where historic monuments have been knocked down and damaged in recent weeks.

A large granite ball weighing several hundred pounds was removed from a gravestone and rolled down a hill. A few days later, three other monuments were tipped over and eggs were tossed around the grounds, city Public Works Director William Kappel said.

Since then, two monuments have been put back in place, but the remaining two will need repairs or replacement. Due to the age of these monuments - typically built in the early 1900s - repairs prove costly.

"It's usually the larger ones that are shaped differently than the ones you see today that are being targeted," said Christine Hentges, who works for The Tribute Companies, which manages the cemetery.

Wauwatosa police are investigating the incidents, but want neighbors to keep an eye out for suspicious activity.

"It would help if community members drive or walk through the cemetery to monitor things from time to time, especially in the evenings," Kappel said.

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