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Suspects arrested in vandalism at Christian Co. cemetery

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What is supposed to be a peaceful place is in a state of ruin after vandals damaged or destroyed dozens of headstones at a historic Christian County cemetery.

Now, three suspects have been arrested in the case, and city officials are seeking restitution for the damage they allegedly caused.

Phillip Walker, James Russell and George Hill were arrested after at least 40 gravestones at the Rosedale Cemetery in Pembroke were pushed over, broken in half or shattered into pieces.

A caretaker discovered the damage later, and some of the markers were so old they couldn't be replaced.

"We're not going to be able to remake those headstones," said cemetery caretaker Jason Hancock. "You can tell this one's been broken in half. It required more than one person to do it."

Some of the destroyed grave markers date back to the 1800s, and those simply can't be rebuilt.

The damage is estimated to be several thousands of dollars, and city officials said Wednesday they plan to ask for restitution from the three men to help pay for the damage that can be repaired.

Investigators said the three suspects also confessed to vandalizing the Pembroke Baptist Church last year.

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