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Posted on: April 2, 2021

Cemetery Vandalism Investigation


PORTLAND, Maine – After an initial investigation from the City of Portland’s Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department, Portland Police are following up on a series of vandalism incidents at Evergreen Cemetery. Crews discovered more than 150 monuments and gravesites had been toppled or broken. Witnesses reported seeing teenagers running away from the cemetery on Friday, March 26th, though the nature and extent of the damage indicates it’s likely that multiple incidents occurred over several days. 

“I’m always disheartened by such flagrant disregard for not only others’ property, but for the memories of our community’s loved ones,” said Chief Frank Clark.  “We have bolstered patrols in the cemeteries, and I would urge anyone with any information to contact the police department, even anonymously, to help us solve this senseless vandalism.”  

Portland Police in response are increasing patrols in the area and are asking the public to report any suspicious activity. If anyone has any information that could help Police solve this crime, please call (207) 874-8575.

To provide information anonymously, community members may contact us by text, internet, or phone.

  • Anonymous phone tips can be left on the Department’s Crime Tip line: 207-874-8584.

  • Mobile phone users can text the keyword “PPDME” plus their message to 847411 (TIP411)


MEDIA CONTACT

David Singer, Media & Community Liaison
(724) 207-3148
dsinger@portlandmaine.gov