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Number of tombstones toppled in Aulenbach Cemetery triples; outrage grows

Published On: Dec 26 2012 07:00:00 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 27 2012 11:09:01 PM EST

Toppled tombstones stun family


The number of tombstones toppled in a beloved Berks County cemetery has now tripled.

It was first believed that only about 100 tombstones were knocked over, but Aulenbach Cemetery on Perkiomen Avenue in Mount Penn reported Thursday that 317 tombstones have been desecrated by vandals.

"I'm getting phone calls from people. They are absolutely outraged at what they see happening here," said Sanda Stief, superintendent of the cemetery.


The Department of Veterans Affairs is also getting involved since several of the desecrated tombstones belong to men who helped shape our country.

One veteran's tombstone was broken into three pieces. A father and son, who fought bravely in the Civil War also had their tombstone senselessly knocked over.

"It's just a shame how this is being done to these people that fought for our country," said Stief.

Thanks to a story that first aired on 69 News, a war veteran in Allentown has decided to use his paving company to fix the devastation, but volunteers are needed.

"We have huge heavy stones weighing several tons, and once that's lifted up, people need to help guide it into place," said Stief.

If you would like to volunteer to help replaced the cherished tombstones, you can call 610-468-7879.

If you know anything about the vandalism, you can call Crime Alert Berks County at 877-373-9913.