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Longmont police ID cemetery vandalism suspects

Published On: Aug 21 2013 08:35:41 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 21 2013 08:41:28 PM CDT

Photo of John Heston, courtesy KMGH

Photo of John Heston

Longmont police have identified eight people suspected of involvement in vandalism at Mountain View Cemetery since early July.          

Police say an arrest warrant has been issued for 19-year-old John Heston accused of criminal mischief causing more than $20,000 in damage and desecration of a venerated object.          

Police Cmdr. Jeff Satur says one girl and five boys ages 14 to 17, plus a 21-year-old man, are suspected of having some role or knowledge of the damage to more than 150 headstones and a Civil War memorial statue in the cemetery. They were expected to be referred to a restorative justice program that is an alternative to criminal charges for suspects who take responsibility for their actions. During the process, arrangements can be made to reimburse victims.

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