UPDATE: Manchester Police take alleged cemetery suspect into custody

Police in Manchester are investigating after headstones were vandalized in a cemetery. It happened at Oakland Cemetery on North Franklin Street.

Officers found 29 headstones damaged or broken. It is believed that they were damaged sometime Thursday morning. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Manchester Police Department.

UPDATE: The Manchester Police Department have taken a suspect into custody. 26-year-old Malachi Montes of Manchester has been charged with Criminal Mischief (1st Degree a Class C Felony).

The defendant told officers that he pushed over a rock in the cemetery which was a specific headstone involved in the vandalism. The defendant stated he was very intoxicated and under the influence of prescription drugs at the time of the incident.

About $23,800 in damages was obtained, including setting 25 headstones back to their normal place and replacement of the four broken headstones.

Montes is in custody at the Delaware County Jail on other unrelated charges.

All parties are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.

Stay with KWWL for more information.

Photo Courtesy: Manchester Police Department

Amanda Gilbert

Amanda Gilbert

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