Vandals topple tombstone, cause $50,000 damage at historic Los Angeles-area cemetery



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SAN GABRIEL, California — Vandals have desecrated an historic Los Angeles-area cemetery, causing an estimated $50,000 in damage.

Two graves were attacked Tuesday night at the San Gabriel Mission Cemetery.

Officials say a statue of Jesus on a 1936 granite gravestone was toppled and then smashed into several pieces with a rock. Vandals tried to pull down another gravesite statue of Jesus, using a severed garden hose as a lasso around one arm. The statue was too heavy to fall but a cross and several fingers were broken off.

Police are investigating.

San Gabriel Police Chief David A. Lawton calls the attack "a tragic and despicable incident."

The cemetery east of Los Angeles is part of a mission founded in 1771.

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