Vandals Strike Biloxi Cemetery - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

09/20/02

Vandals Strike Biloxi Cemetery

Vandals caused extensive damage at the Biloxi City Cemetery.

They toppled statues, overturned headstones and destroyed grave ornaments.

The vandalism covers a fairly large area. The damage stretches from the oldest section of cemetery just off Highway 90, to the current burial grounds along Irish Hill Drive. The longtime caretaker says there's been some vandalism here before. But this is the worst he's seen.

"I just can't even begin to think why somebody would do something like that," said Rodney McGilvary with the Biloxi Police Department.

Vandals struck 75 to 100 grave sites. They knocked over headstones in most instances.

Caretaker, Mike McDonnell, believes it happened between midnight and six Friday morning.

"It's a serious matter. It's a misdemeanor so to speak at the malicious mischief end of it. But if the value of the damage is three hundred dollars or more, it's a felony. And I'm sure we're going to have that here," said McGilvary.

Damage estimates are already running into tens of thousands of dollars. Many of the statues and monuments are costly.

Public works employees collected dozens of damaged grave ornaments the vandals left behind.

Police are looking for any information that might help track down those responsible. A similar crime was solved just a few years ago.

"We had this occur here in the same cemetery on the north side of Irish Hill about three years ago. And we put two people in jail for that crime," McGilvary said.

Biloxi public works crews straightened the smaller stones as a courtesy. The larger markers will require the use of heavy equipment.

Anyone with any information about the vandalism should call Biloxi police at 435-6103.

By Steve Phillips

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Officials identify veteran killed in Gulfport fire

    Officials identify veteran killed in Gulfport fire

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 1:00 PM EDT2018-07-17 17:00:55 GMT
    Afternoon showers did not make it any easier to fight the flames coming from the trailer (Source: WLOX)Afternoon showers did not make it any easier to fight the flames coming from the trailer (Source: WLOX)
    Afternoon showers did not make it any easier to fight the flames coming from the trailer (Source: WLOX)Afternoon showers did not make it any easier to fight the flames coming from the trailer (Source: WLOX)

    We now know the identity of the Marine Corp veteran killed in a mobile home fire Sunday in Gulfport.

    More >>

    We now know the identity of the Marine Corp veteran killed in a mobile home fire Sunday in Gulfport.

    More >>
  • MS National Guard's 155th take charge of Operation Spartan Shield

    MS National Guard's 155th take charge of Operation Spartan Shield

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 12:08 PM EDT2018-07-17 16:08:08 GMT
    155th Armored Brigade Combat Team commander, Col. Doug Ferguson, and senior enlisted advisor Cmd. Sgt. Maj. John Beasley, uncase the brigade colors at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, July 15. (Photo source: Sgt. Brittany Johnson/155th Armored Brigade Combat Team)155th Armored Brigade Combat Team commander, Col. Doug Ferguson, and senior enlisted advisor Cmd. Sgt. Maj. John Beasley, uncase the brigade colors at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, July 15. (Photo source: Sgt. Brittany Johnson/155th Armored Brigade Combat Team)
    155th Armored Brigade Combat Team commander, Col. Doug Ferguson, and senior enlisted advisor Cmd. Sgt. Maj. John Beasley, uncase the brigade colors at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, July 15. (Photo source: Sgt. Brittany Johnson/155th Armored Brigade Combat Team)155th Armored Brigade Combat Team commander, Col. Doug Ferguson, and senior enlisted advisor Cmd. Sgt. Maj. John Beasley, uncase the brigade colors at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, July 15. (Photo source: Sgt. Brittany Johnson/155th Armored Brigade Combat Team)

    The Mississippi National Guard's 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team is now in charge of Operation Spartan Shield at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. And they're making history as the first National Guard BCT to ever have this mission. 

    More >>

    The Mississippi National Guard's 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team is now in charge of Operation Spartan Shield at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. And they're making history as the first National Guard BCT to ever have this mission. 

    More >>
  • Seabee Base security training sounds, feels like a real emergency

    Seabee Base security training sounds, feels like a real emergency

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 11:37 AM EDT2018-07-17 15:37:03 GMT
    Gulfport Seabee Base security forces were put into a situation only being told that it was going to be training. Then they had to respond as if it were the real deal. (Photo source: WLOX)Gulfport Seabee Base security forces were put into a situation only being told that it was going to be training. Then they had to respond as if it were the real deal. (Photo source: WLOX)
    Gulfport Seabee Base security forces were put into a situation only being told that it was going to be training. Then they had to respond as if it were the real deal. (Photo source: WLOX)Gulfport Seabee Base security forces were put into a situation only being told that it was going to be training. Then they had to respond as if it were the real deal. (Photo source: WLOX)

    Gulfport Seabee Base security forces were put into a situation only being told that it was going to be training. Then they had to respond as if it were the real deal.

    More >>

    Gulfport Seabee Base security forces were put into a situation only being told that it was going to be training. Then they had to respond as if it were the real deal.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly