Garbage on graves frightens cemetery visitors

garbage on graves frightens cemetery visitors

The old lady regularly goes to the cemetery. She takes care of her parents' and husband's graves there and looks after those of some of her friends. But for the last three years or so, she has been complaining to her visitors again and again: one or more unknown culprits are throwing, rubbishing or laying garbage on the graves. Noodles she has already found, tells the old lady, potato salad, cut bust holders, sagespane, cardboard boxes. The last ones were apples and walnuts. Her nephew, who was with her that day, immediately photographed them.

The 85-year-old cannot recognize a system. There are several graves, she says, and the mischief is not limited to one cemetery area. Plantations had also been damaged. In september, the coburg woman, who preferred not to read her name in the newspaper, filed a complaint together with several other affected people for disturbing the peace of the dead.

The investigation possibilities of the police are however rather limited, admits markus rei-benberger, speaker of the police inspection coburg. There are always reports of grave ornaments being stolen or graves being wasted. But that waste is thrown on the graves? "It happens so fast, they don't even notice it", says michael beutel, head of the coburg cemetery office. "The person is walking harmlessly through the cemetery, and within a second or two he throws something on a grave." the supervisory staff keep their eyes open, but the cemetery is "extensive" and the person knows how to move around."

Tomatoes on graves

According to beutel, there are cemetery visitors who want to have observed suspicious people. But he doesn't have a precise description, and it's not even possible to say whether it's one or more culprits, he adds. In any case, his employees clear away what they find so as not to frighten visitors who come to the graves. "Today there were tomatoes on a grave, we removed them."

There are no traces or clues so far. Something with fingerprints she should bring to the police, says the old lady. "But then the police must also have something to say about it! I see after all also crime stories!" at least, she says, she recently found a few pieces that could bear fingerprints.
Maybe cameras were a solution? Michael beutel is skeptical: cameras may not be set up without the indication of video surveillance. "Then the perpetrators are perhaps deterred, or they look for another corner." beutel suspects that the grave diggers deliberately take the risk of being discovered. After all, they are out and about in broad daylight, and right now, at planting time, the cemetery is bustling with activity.

But so far, beutel can only hope that chance will come to the aid of him and his employees. "Or perhaps someone slides in a cell phone photo one day!" even he has no explanation for the strange goings-on. "There must be one person who enjoys annoying others. You can not understand it."

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