Mt. Thabor Cemetery Vandals Turn Out to be 13-Year Olds, “Boredom” Motive

A press release from the Crystal Lake Police Department:

On March 25, 2012 at approximately 5 p.m., two (2) unidentified juvenile males were observed damaging headstones in the Mount Thabor Cemetery located at 2700 Mount Thabor Road in Crystal Lake, IL.

A McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy on patrol was notified by a passerby of the incident and responded to the scene.

Upon arriving, the Deputy observed two male juveniles fleeing the area and initiated a foot pursuit but was unable to apprehend the offenders.

In the days following the incident, an investigation ensued and suspect information was developed during a neighborhood canvass conducted in the Bryn Mawr Sub-Division.

On March 30th, police spoke with two thirteen year old male juveniles who subsequently admitted to being responsible for the damage. The juveniles, one who is a resident of Crystal Lake and the other, a resident of Woodstock were both charged under the Cemetery Protection Act 765ILCS 835/1(b) Class 2 Felony and 765ILCS 835/1(b-5) Class 4 Felony.

In total, seventeen tombstones had been either knocked over or damaged by the two juveniles causing an estimated $3,300 in damage.

Both juveniles will be referred to McHenry County Court Services and petitioned into Juvenile Court.

According to the offenders, their motivation for committing these acts was “boredom”.


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Mt. Thabor Cemetery Vandals Turn Out to be 13-Year Olds, “Boredom” Motive — 4 Comments

  1. I’m saddened to hear about the two 13 year olds that thought it was cool to damage headstones in Mt. Tabor Cemetery, Crystal Lake, Ill.

    My two baby sisters are buried next to each other there.

    They died four days apart, one of them in Crystal Lake.

    I live in Florida and have not been able to visit the cemetery.

    This is heart breaking news, but I understand it is not the first time Mt. Tabor Cemetery has been attacked.

  2. Dyer:

    Just found your comment, so sorry. Yes, it it not to late I would love to see the pictures from Mt. Tabor.

    Clare

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