- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

SOUTHPORT, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say they’ve charged two men with knocking over dozens of gravestones at a cemetery in New York’s Southern Tier.

The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday that they charged a 20-year-old homeless man and a 22-year-old Elmira man with cemetery desecration and criminal mischief.

Officials at St. Peter and St. Paul’s Cemetery in the town of Southport, just outside Elmira, say about 75 gravestones were toppled around Sept. 20, causing damage estimated at more than $100,000.

Police said tips from the public lead to the arrests.

Both men were being held in the county jail on $15,000 bail.


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