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Reward offered for tips in vandalism of historic Texarkana cemetery

Cemetery officials are still assessing the damage, but "there has to be at least 20 of them knocked over on the Stateline side," says Emily Parr, President of the Stateline Cemetery Association. Cemetery officials are still assessing the damage, but "there has to be at least 20 of them knocked over on the Stateline side," says Emily Parr, President of the Stateline Cemetery Association.
TEXARKANA, AR (KSLA) -

Police are investigating a rash of vandalism in several sections within the historic Stateline Cemetery on the Arkansas side of Texarkana.

Cemetery officials are still assessing the damage, but "there has to be at least 20 of them knocked over on the Stateline side," says Emily Tarr, President of the Stateline Cemetery Association.

"There have to be other things for people to do other than coming to a cemetery and doing this kind of vandalism," Tarr says, "Because that's exactly what it is, knocking over some stones that are over a century old. It's pitiful."

Tarr estimates at least $20,000 worth of damage in that section alone, adding that there is also damage in the Woodlawn, Hebrew, Masonic and black sections of the historic cemetery. Some of the grave sites here date back to 1815.

Close to 100 headstones have been vandalized within the last week to 10 days. The damage was discovered by a landscaping crew over the weekend.

Officers were out at the cemetery on Monday as well, assessing damage and gathering evidence. So far, there have been no arrests.

Tarr says the cemetery association is offering a reward of $1,500 for information leading to an arrest of the person or persons responsible for the damage.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Texarkana, Arkansas Police Department.

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