4 Ossining teens accused of vandalizing cemetery
Four local teenagers have been arrested and charged with felonies for allegedly desecrating a historic town cemetery.
Police say the 13-year-old suspects toppled and smashed 66 tombstones, some more than 150 years old, at Dale Cemetery in Ossining.
The cemetery director, George Weeks, says he is upset not only with the act of desecration, but also with the age of the alleged vandals.
"To think somebody that young could do something this disrespectful, it?s sad to me," Weeks says. "I hope that they learn a lesson from it and turn themselves around and stay out of trouble like this."
The act of vandalism at the resting ground has shocked the town?s residents.
According to initial estimates, it may cost the taxpayers more than $20,000 to repair the damaged tombstones. But monument dealers have offered to help restore the stones.
Town Supervisor Martha Dodge says it is too early to say who will pick up the tab, but she is not ruling out the possibility of the boys? families paying for the repairs.
"Once we determine what the insurance will cover and what the exact costs are, then we will have a better idea of what the implications are for the taxpayers," Dodge says.