Police seek leads to vandalism at cemetery in Lindsay

Peterborough, ON, Canada / (CHEXTV)

City of Kawartha Lakes Police say someone with knowledge of the cemetery business is likely behind mischief at a site in mid-September.

On Thursday, Sept. 15, staff at Riverside Cemetery and Crematorium on Lindsay Rd. S. contacted police after they discovered an undisclosed number of private burial niches had been disturbed.

Niches are above-ground burial spaces where urns are placed and then sealed, in this case with granite slabs which police say had been removed. Suspect(s) then accessed and disturbed the contents in the niches in the south-end of the cemetery.

Cemetery general manager Ian Merritt declined an on-camera interview with Newswatch, citing the ongoing investigation and sensitivity of the incident.

Merritt did say all families impacted have been contacted and that all cremated remains have been accounted.

Police believe that the suspect(s) have some knowledge of the cemetery business as the vaults are secured in a very unique way.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Terry Cox at 705.324.6307 ext. 515 or at tcox@klps.ca . If you wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crimestoppers at 1.888.222.TIPS(8477) or at www.khcs.ca .

Intoxicated Male Arrested After School Sign Damaged

A 19-year-old Howard Avenue man was arrested early Saturday morning after an Adelaide Street North resident observed a man damaging a sign in front Parkview Public School.

Kawartha Lakes Police were dispatched to the area at 3:30 a.m. after an area resident was awoken by loud banging. The resident noticed a man damaging a sign in front of the school. He called police who located the man who was intoxicated and had broken several pieces of Plexiglas associated with the sign.

Trent Jackson, 19, was charged with mischief under $5,000. He will appear in court in Lindsay on Oct. 27.

Too Drunk For Jail

A Lindsay man was arrested and charged after he showed up to the Central East Correctional Centre in an intoxicated state on Saturday morning.

Correctional Centre staff called police at 10:10 a.m. after a man showed up for his intermittent sentence in an intoxicated state. At the time the man was bound by a probation order to not have or consume alcohol. He was arrested and taken to Kawartha Lakes Police where he was held pending a bail hearing.

Raymond Steele, 33, was charged with Failing to Comply With a Probation Order. He will appear in court on Monday (today) for a bail hearing.

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