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GLEN CARBON, Ill. ( – Officers in the Metro East have arrested a 34-year-old man after he allegedly spray painted swastikas at a community cemetery overnight.

Saturday morning, police were called after black spray paint was found on numerous headstones and a building at the Sunset Hills Cemetery in Glen Carbon. Officials estimate over 200 tombstones were painted with images resembling a swastika.

The article goes on to state the following:

“We haven’t seen anything of this magnitude in the 30 years that I’ve been here,” said Mark Johnson, the grounds superintendent of Sunset Hill Cemetery.

“To disrespect the dead like that…I mean, it just ain’t right,” said John Lake, who stopped by the cemetery on Saturday morning to see if his family that is buried here was affected by this vandalism.

The cemetery is the resting place of over 1,300 veterans and cemetery officials said they are working to clean up the vandalism before a Memorial Day event Monday. They are planning to power wash the tombstones to clean them.

It’s all hands on deck to try to get this thing cleaned up by Monday,” said Johnson.

The cemetery owner said the vandalism has made him want to install security cameras.

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