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Police: Dozens of graves vandalized, destroyed in Marion cemetery

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MARION, NC (FOX Carolina) -

Dozens of graves were vandalized at a western North Carolina cemetery Thursday morning, and local police are working to find out who is responsible. 

The vandalism happened at Oak Grove Cemetery. Police said they believe a group of people got into the cemetery and pushed over at least 58 headstones, breaking some of them. Many are now beyond repair, police said. 

Some headstones dated back to as early as 1905. 

Relatives of people buried at the cemetery came out to survey the damage, and cops said there is a $1,000 reward for anyone who has information leading to an arrest. 

"Cemeteries are sacred places," said Marion Police Chief Allen Lawrence. "So, it's very important to us that we are able to put somebody away for doing this."

There was no surveillance video or photos capturing the crime. Marion City Manager Bob Boyette said surveillance cameras could be put in place at the cemetery after the vandalism. 

Anyone with information is asked to call McDowell Co. Crimestoppers at 65-CRIME. 

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