$5,000 reward offered for grave vandalism

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information about last week’s vandalism at a historic Wise County cemetery.

The Wise County Messenger says Crime Stoppers of Wise County will pay a $5,000 reward for information leading to the identity of the individual or individuals responsible for vandalism of Ball Knob Cemetery, located on County Road 2475 northeast of Alvord.

Sometime over the weekend of April 23 and 24, nearly every gravestone was toppled at the cemetery. A chain link fence and gate was also damaged, apparently when someone rammed it with a vehicle.

Because each gravestone can carry an individual charge of desecration of a grave site, each vandal will face 50 separate felony charges.

To report information, call Crime Stoppers of Wise County at 800-643-TIPS (8477) or 940-627-8477 24-hours a day. You will remain anonymous.

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