Burke Co. graves robbed

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Saturday, April 13, 2013

BURKE COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW) -- The Burke County Sheriff's Office is looking for suspects following the desecration of Revolutionary and Confederate graves.

The graves are in the Old Church Cemetery on Idlewood Road. The grave robbers turned over head stones, opened and removed caskets from the ground.

Sgt. Sean Cochran of the Sheriff's Office says this was not an act of vandalism. The grave robbers removed the clothes worn by the soldiers buried there leaving their bones exposed.

The cemetery is under the care of the American Legion, Post 120. Post Commander, Leroy Matthew Bell Jr., discovered the damage.

A $1,000 reward is being offered for any information regarding this case. Donations to increase the reward will also be accepted by Post 120. Post Commander Bell has asked that anyone wanting to contribute to the cause contact him at 706-564-6066.

Information regarding the investigation should be directed to the Burke County Sheriff’s Office at 706-554-2133.

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