Monuments vandalized at Rose Hill Cemetery

February 12, 1999

Not long after Bill Divelbiss arrived at Rose Hill Cemetery on Friday morning, the first evidence of the overnight vandalism was discovered.

"We had damage to more than 15 monuments scattered all around the cemetery," said Divelbiss, who is manager of the property in the 600 block of South Potomac Street.

Damage is estimated at $15,000, including one $3,000 stone angel imported from Italy just a few years ago, Divelbiss said.

"Our insurance carrier is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension of the persons responsible," Divelbiss said.

Some stones were knocked over and can be repositioned. But others were smashed, according to Hagerstown City Police.

The vandalism occurred between 8 p.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. Friday.

"We may have to start locking up at night," Divelbiss said. "But I'd hate to do that."

In Maryland, the maximum penalty for cemetery desecration is three years in prison and/or a $2,000 fine for each count.


Anyone with information can call 301-790-3700.

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