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Historic Chico Cemetery victim of vandalism

CHICO — More than 100 headstones were vandalized last night at the historic Chico Cemetery on Mangrove Avenue.
Property manager Marc Brusie said “it was as if you could follow the path they took through the cemetery, tipping them over as they went.”
Among the damaged headstones are antique, hand-carved marble monuments that “would be very difficult” to replace or estimate the cost of, Brusie said.
Chico police responded to the scene this morning after the vandalism was discovered. Brusie said the cemetery is closed from 5:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. each night, with no public access, so whoever committed the crime would have had to jump a fence to get in and out.
“The gates are locked and the grounds are closed,” Brusie said.
There are no security cameras on site, and he added that a watchman didn’t see or hear anything.
The damaged occurred in a number of sections, and the vandal destroyed headstones that could be as much as 150 years old, but Brusie said they hadn’t had time yet to take a full account of the damage or make an estimate. Related Articles

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