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Board establishes reward for cemetery vandals


Thefts in Compton and Carson

The Board of Supervisors this week established a pair of $20,000 reward offers for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for vandalizing two cemeteries in Compton and Carson, stealing bronze plaques and memorial markers.

On Jan. 6, vandals targeted Woodlawn Celestial Gardens cemetery in Compton, “one of the oldest operating cemeteries in Los Angeles County,'' dating back to the 1880s, according to a motion by Supervisor Holly Mitchell requesting the reward.

“The cemetery includes numerous prominent figures and many local military veterans going as far back as the Civil War and the Spanish-American War,'' according to the motion. “The property owner estimates the financial loss to be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.''

On Jan. 12, Lincoln Memorial Park in Carson was hit by vandals who ripped bronze markers and plaques from headstones and walls of a mausoleum. According to Mitchell, damage from that heist was estimated to be more than $2 million.

“A prominent bronze statue of President Abraham Lincoln that was dedicated in 1934 was damaged in an attempt to remove a plaque from the facade of the statue,'' according to Mitchell's motion. “Additionally, a large bronze plaque that was gifted and dedicated to the cemetery in 1949 by former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Louis to commemorate and honor local veterans who died in combat had also been removed and stolen.''

No suspects have been identified in either theft.

Anyone with information on the crimes was urged to call the sheriff's Compton Station at (310) 605-6500 or the Carson Station at (310) 830-1123.