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Police Seek Public's Help Catching Vandalism Suspect


Clinton Police continue to investigate an ongoing string of vandalism at one local cemetery. Now, they've released new surveillance video showing one vandal in action.

Police are hopeful that someone will recognize the man in the video and help them finally close this case.

These acts of vandalism have been going on for over a month now in the Springdale Cemetery.

Someone has been toppling and destroying gravestones, hitting about 40 of them since august 25th.

And they've been caught on tape doing it.

Clinton Police are asking everyone to look closely at the surveillance video. Somebody knows who this vandal is:

"the sooner we get this resolved, the sooner the vandalism will stop," said Captain Tom Bohle, commander of the Clinton Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division.

"We are making every effort to make it stop and hopefully with the viewers' help it will," he said.

So far, the person or persons responsible are showing no signs of quitting any time soon.

The surveillance video released by police on Monday is from September 30, but, that was not the last time the cemetery was struck.

Police took a report on Monday, October 7, that five more headstones had been toppled over the weekend.

"We want to be able to catch the person that did it," Bohle said.

Bohle says Clinton Police have been following up on leads and stepping up patrols, sending officers through the cemetery many, many times.

They also installed surveillance cameras in the cemetery as part of their investigation, which captured the video of the vandal in action.

"We hope that surveillance will pay off. If we get that phone call and get the person that did this, it will be all worth it," Bohle said.

For some Clinton residents we talked to, an arrest can't come soon enough.

"Absolutely, I'd like to see these people caught," said one of them, Lee McCutcheon.

McCutcheon walks in the Springdale Cemetery just about every day, and he says coming across toppled headstones time and again is rough.

"It's just sad. I mean, people spend a lot of money for this, and people come up to see these graves all the time," he said.

And, he doesn't want to see any more of them vandalized. What he wants to see is the suspect caught on tape caught by police.

Anyone who recognizes the man in that video, or who has any information at all, is urged to call the Clinton Police Department at (563) 243-1458 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-883-8015.

You could be eligible for up to a thousand dollar reward.

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