Vandals damaged a gravesite headstone and monument, while stealing several items at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Wasilla last week.
Alaska State Troopers investigated the crime at the local Catholic cemetery on Feb. 13.
“Investigation revealed unknown suspect(s) entered the property and stole several items,” the Trooper dispatch stated. “Further investigation revealed the suspect(s) damaged a grave stone on the property.”
Cemetery Consultant Dan Belanger said he has no idea who committed the crime.
“Equipment and a headstone were shot at,” Belanger told the Catholic Anchor. “One headstone was run over and damaged, and supplies/equipment were stolen from the sheds.”
The stolen tools were worth about $3,000.
“It is our hope that increased patrols will occur to prevent this from happening in the future and we have spoken to residents in the area to make them aware,” Belanger said. “We are greatly in need of improving the property and would like to see water and electric brought onto the property for the expansion needs.”
He noted that the cemetery also needs to install security fences to protect equipment and supplies.
Belanger asked that any person or business interested in assisting with improvements call the Archdiocese of Anchorage at 297-7733.
Sacred Heart Cemetery opened in 1999, after a man donated a forested tract of land in Wasilla. Owned by the Anchorage Archdiocesan, the cemetery is the final resting place to both Catholics and non-Catholics. The only requirement is that a person be buried according to a recognizable Christian tradition, which affirms the resurrection of the body.
The Alaska State Troopers encourages anyone with information on the recent crime to contact them at (907) 745-2131.