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Burke County grave robbers sought

Revolutionary, Confederate graves desecrated, police say

Saturday, April 13, 2013 5:04 PM
Last updated 8:53 PM
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 At least five graves in a historic cemetery outside Waynesboro, Ga., were found looted Saturday morning, and a $2,000 reward is being offered to find those who did it.

Sgt. Sean Cochran, of the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, said the desecration in the Old Church Cemetery on Idlewood Road possibly took place in recent weeks but was discovered when someone went to mow the grass. The cemetery is under the care of American Legion Post 120.

Cochran said the graves are very old, belonging to Revolutionary War and Confederate veterans.

“We found part of an old uniform on the ground,” he said.

An infant’s casket was also removed, he said.

Anyone with information may contact the Burke County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 554-2133.

The cemetery is under the care of American Legion Post 120. Donations to increase the reward will be accepted by the post. Post Commander Roy Bell has asked that anyone wanting to contribute contact him at (706) 564-6066.

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KSL
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KSL 04/13/13 - 05:22 pm
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Hateful.

Hateful.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/13/13 - 07:49 pm
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Desecration

This is a terrible desecration of these gravesites, but the Legion Post bears some responsibility for lack of attention and for letting the plot go to seed. If you look at the TV footage on Channel 12 News, you see that the weeds were tall – that means the keepers of the cemetery were derelict in their duty.

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dichotomy 04/13/13 - 08:10 pm
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Hope they find the

Hope they find the bodies........of the people who did this....in the weeds somewhere.

TheGeorgian
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TheGeorgian 04/13/13 - 08:29 pm
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They catch 'em

....and I'll bring the feathers if you bring the tar and we'll have us a down home part-ee!

allhans
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allhans 04/13/13 - 08:55 pm
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Anyone this despicable

Anyone this despicable wouldn't need any help from the AL. It would have been done regardless. Ghouls....

Darby
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Darby 04/13/13 - 10:30 pm
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"....and I'll bring the feathers

if you bring the tar"

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Just be sure the tar is plenty hot. Burns the skin and makes the feathers stick so much better.

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rebellious 04/14/13 - 01:18 am
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Little Lamb

Come on, these people volunteer to mow the grass. Direliction of duty? Hardly! Hey, how many cemetaries you mowed grass in lately.....For Free?

rebellious
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rebellious 04/14/13 - 01:20 am
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Ghoulish

absolutely. These folks better be checking under the bed before pulling the sheets up to neck. And guess what, the monster ain't under the bed. He's in the bed.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/14/13 - 09:06 am
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Weeds

Hey, ease up a bit, Rebellious. I was just responding to this sentence in Mr. Kirby's story:

The cemetery is under the care of American Legion Post 120.

My point in the 7:49 p.m. post was that they are not doing a good job in caring for the cemetary. If you take on the job to care for something, you'd better show up more often than they do.

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GaRealist 04/14/13 - 09:22 am
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It only takes a minutes worth

It only takes a minutes worth of thought to figure why this was done... Revolutionary War and Civil War relics! If you watch any of the shows on cable tv showing the guys out with metal detectors looking for artifacts and then selling them (Spike TV's "American Digger."), It doesn't take too long to realize some people won't do an honest search like has been done on the show. They just go to a cemetery, dig up graves and sell any items they steal. Our society has really become reprobate and will suffer the consequences of this mindset.
I wonder how they would feel if their grandfather's grave was dug up and his bones were left to bleach in the sun as they have of the remains in this grave?

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PassingOnBy 04/14/13 - 04:11 pm
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Artifacts and location

At the same time people here are rightfully bemoaning the desecration of graves to get at artifacts, students in Savannah at AASU are whining because the school found artifacts from the 1700s under and around a building undergoing renovations. Instead of allowing respectful collecting and cataloging, the students are upset the renovations were paused.

Makes me think the thieves had to be very young and raised to think old stuff is only good if they can get money out of it. :(

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 04/14/13 - 09:12 pm
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Once caught these thieves

Once caught, these thieves should be incarcerated at Andersonville… and suffer the same fate as the soldiers held there.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 04/15/13 - 06:41 am
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the Legion Post bears some responsibility for lack of attention

Little Lamb, apparently you are perfect! I know the Gentlemen who volunteer to take care of this cemetary and many more, with their own time and out of their own pocket. All have homes, families, and jobs and quite a few have farms also. When you take on something of the nature that these Gentlemen do, then you may be worthy of making a comment of that type again.

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allhans 04/15/13 - 01:16 pm
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As to caring about their own

As to caring about their own grandfather... they would probably help them dig him up.

Darby
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Darby 04/15/13 - 11:42 pm
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"Once caught, these thieves

should be incarcerated at Andersonville … and suffer the same fate as the soldiers held there."

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Or the same fate as the commandant, Captain Wirz. Six of one, half dozen of the other.

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