Crimestoppers seeks info on Patton Cemetery vandalism

CHAMPAIGN — Crimestoppers and the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office are asking for help finding the person or people responsible for vandalism at a cemetery in northern Champaign County.

Between Wednesday, Jan. 27, and Saturday, Jan. 30, someone stole wrought-iron fence from the Patton Cemetery on County Road 3475 North, north of Penfield. The cemetery is 200 years old and is surrounded by the decorative fencing.

The fence was pushed or pulled down and about 65 linear feet of it stolen. The value of the stolen fence is estimated at between $15,000 and $20,000.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 217-384-1213 or Crimestoppers at 217-373-8477.

Information may also be sent anonymously at or by cellphone text message by sending “CCTIP” plus the information to CRIMES (274637).

Crimestoppers will pay a reward if the information leads to an arrest.

Cash rewards are also paid for information on other felony crimes or fugitives in the Champaign County area.



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