Not that we condone vandalism, but when some jackass defaces public or private property, the act usually carries with it a discernible, if ethically dubious, motive: political statement, artistic expression, misguided attempt at humor, simple vanity, or maybe some combination thereof.
But this one has us stumped.
Police are investigating after vandals tipped over 34 headstones at the Elmhurst Cemetery in St. Paul earlier this week.
The incident happened sometime between 9 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. Wednesday, authorities said.
None of the headstones were broken and most have been re-erected, according to Elmhurst Cemetery Superintendent Jerry Krieger.
The cemetery, at 1510 North Dale St., hadn't been vandalized in at least 25 years, said Krieger, who's worked there for 40 years.
Krieger estimates $7,000 in damages. He said most of the cost will come from efforts to re-erect the headstones, which weigh as much as 1,600 a piece.
Got any clues? Give the St. Paul Police a ring at 651.291.1111