Police seek grave vandals at Forrest City Cemetery

A cemetery known as a safe quiet place for mourning families has become the target of vandals in Forrest City.

Charles Burnell runs laps in the cemetery multiple times per week, but on Friday, he noticed that graves in the otherwise peaceful cemetery had been vandalized.

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“It’s very disrespectful,” Burnell said. “The dead are as peaceful as it comes.”

Forrest City Police Chief Deon Lee said this isn’t the first time this has happened in recent weeks and is working to find people behind the damage.

The vandals’ last strike damaged 30 headstones.

“I’m not really sure why it’s happening at this particular location,” Lee said. “There is a neighborhood close by. I’m not sure if it’s going to be juveniles or somebody just being mean.”

Police have turned to technology to help crack the case, installing cameras to catch the criminals in the act.

A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered by the Forrest City Police Department, and it has been matched by another party.

The vandals are still at large.