Graves vandalized at Mount Hope Cemetery in Franklin - KCTV5

Graves vandalized at Mount Hope Cemetery in Franklin

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FRANKLIN, TN (WSMV) -

Franklin Police are investigating $15,000 in damage at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Officers were called to the cemetery on Mt. Hope Street at 1:55 p.m. Monday after a worker discovered the desecration of several graves, according to Lt. Charles Warner, Franklin Police spokesman.

Warner said eight memorials were vandalized between 6:30 p.m. Sunday and 1 p.m. Monday.

The dollar figure of the vandalism is not what is so upsetting about this crime. For caretaker Jim Richardson, the damage is personal.

"I been out here 20 years. I have a lot of friends buried here and a few relatives," he said.

Four of the damaged statues have been at the cemetery for about 50 years.

"It hurts everybody when they see this," Richardson said.

Warner said this is a crime that makes investigators scratch their heads and wonder what is to be gained from something like this.

"No one could have gained anything from it. It's not like they went in and shoplifted something or robbed a bank and walked away with money," Warner said. "They came in and did a crime that had no value to them whatsoever."

Mount Hope Cemetery is the burial place of Grand Ole Opry star Sarah Cannon - also known as Minnie Pearl. Her grave was not disturbed.

If you information about this case, call Franklin Police at 615-794-2513, or you can send a text anonymously by texting the keyword 615FPD along with your message to 847411.

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