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Vandals strike cemetery ornaments, gravesites
Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

Vandals struck Graceland Cemetery in northern Mitchell between Monday evening and Tuesday morning.

According to the Mitchell Police Division, the person or people responsible moved on foot through the cemetery from the southeast corner to the residential area northwest of the cemetery. The damage occurred between 5 p.m. Monday and 7 a.m. Tuesday.

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The vandals damaged several gravesites and memorials, including solar-powered lights and other objects.

The total damage is valued at approximately $1,500.

If you have any information related to this incident, or suspicious activity in this area at this time, call Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers at 996-1700. You do not have to identify yourself, and a cash reward is available if your tip leads to an arrest.

You can also submit a tip via text message by downloading the free app Tipsubmit on your smart phone and selecting Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers. Or you can text "MITCS" plus your message to 274637.

Tips can also be submitted online at www.mitchellcrimestoppers.org.

A minimum $250 is paid for rewards on all Crimes of the Week solved through Crime Stoppers.

To date, 346 crimes have been solved through information from Crime Stoppers.

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