Man arrested for malicious injury to property after headstones damaged in cemetery

October 1, 2019

Arrested:  Anthony R. Pape, 49, Boise

Charged:  Malicious Injury to Property (F)

At just before 10:00 p.m. on Monday, BPD officers responded to the Morris Hill Cemetery to a report of a vehicle that had damaged several headstones.  Responding officers located a minivan in the graveyard.   The minivan had driven over several headstones and got stuck on one.  The driver was asleep behind the wheel.  Evidence located on scene indicated that the driver, identified as 49-year-old Anthony Pape, had struck multiple headstones with his vehicle causing several thousand dollars’ worth of damage.  Officers placed the suspect under arrest and booked him into jail charged with felony malicious injury to property.

“A cemetery is a very special place for the families of loved ones lost,” Boise Police Sgt. John Terry said.  “When someone does damage in a hallowed place like this, we take it very seriously and find those responsible.  In this case we are happy that no one was hurt and that we were able to arrest the man suspected of causing the damage.  We will seek restitution in this case and the cemetery is working with the victims to make things right and put the headstones back in place as quickly as possible.”

 

Contact: Boise Police Media Relations

(208) 570-6180 | BPDMedialine@cityofboise.org

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