Special to SEGAZINE
Members of St. Johns United Methodist Church discovered approximately two dozen grave sites and their church social hall and classrooms vandalized early Wednesday.
Sheriff Ramsey Bennett tells The Times investigators have arrested a suspect. A name was not immediately available at the time of this report.
Pierce County Sheriff’s Office investigators cordoned off the area in the morning as they assessed the crime scene. Military markers were tossed aside, headstones were pushed over and dozens of figurines and flower vases were smashed and spread across the cemetery.
Inside the social hall, the culprit broke windows, used the kitchen and spread flavoring syrup throughout several rooms, according to church members. Some people on scene reviewing the vandalism were in disbelief or weeping when speaking to a reporter about the damage.