Several juveniles are suspects in a vehicle crash at Fairfield County cemetery that caused extensive damage to the grounds and to several headstones.
The Fairfield Police Department was notified of the incident around 10 a.m., Sunday, April 12, by a resident who reported that two juveniles were involved in a vehicle crash at Agudas Achinm Cemetery on Reid Street, said Lt. Robert Kalamaras.
A preliminary investigation revealed that a 1989 GMC V3500 truck, which was stored on the property, was taken without permission by two juveniles, Kalamaras said.
The males were able to start the vehicle, drive it around on the property causing extensive lawn damage and subsequently crash into several headstones knocking them to the ground, he added.
At one point, the truck became disabled and the teens exited the vehicle and fled on foot toward Pemburn Drive, police said.
Investigators believe that this is solely a juvenile mischievous act and nothing to do with a crime of any religious hatred. This appeared to have been a crime of opportunity and was caused by two males of juvenile age.
A follow-up investigation identified several juveniles that were involved and learned from neighbors that the cemetery is a local hangout for juveniles.
"Although their behavior was, in fact, reckless, it does not appear they intentionally caused damage," the department said.
Anyone who may have information regarding the collision is asked to contact Sgt. Michael Paris at 203-254-4862 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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