Halloween cemetery prank leads to $750 reward offer

A reward of at least $750 has been offered for information leading to the arrest, and conviction, of persons who vandalized the St. John Lutheran Church Cemetery in Detmold on Halloween night.

Curtis Unnasch, spokesman for the group offering the reward, said 12 headstones were overturned at the 106-year-old cemetery.

He said the overturned grave markers did not break.

Additional money may be added to the reward.

Anyone with information may contact Unnasch at 898-2909.

Historic St. John Lutheran Cemetery contains 175 graves, many with tombstones bearing German surnames and inscriptions.

St. John's Lutheran actually started in Demold and moved into Thorndale in 1963.


Greene said other calls for his department during the past seven days included:

Oct. 27— Suspicious vehicle, Avenue A, town not listed; illegal dumping, CR 218; close patrol, Cypress Trail Loop.

Oct 28—Road hazard, US 77; medical alarm, CR 448; theft, CR 325; civil matter/standby, Rockdale; criminal trespass notice, Briar Lane; stolen vehicle, private road; criminal mischief, CR 440; burning after dark. Oak Lawn; phone scam, CR 105; suspicious vehicle, south Texas 36.

Thursday—Request to speak to deputy, Buckholts; abandoned vehicle, US 190; theft, FM 486; suspicious activity, East Park, Cameron; suspicious vehicle, US 190; animal nuisance, Rockdale; family matter, CR 104; 911 hangup, US 79; loud music, CR 418; family disturbance, CR 401; civil matter/civil standby, East Avenue G, town not specified

Friday—Loud noise, Rockdale; reckless driver, US 190; traffic signal problem, Texas 36; alarm detected, FM 485.

Saturday—Abandoned vehicle, US 79; attempted break-in, CR 262; civil matter, north FM 1915; possible theft, Cameron; runaway juveniles, CR 203 Loop; requests to speak to deputy, Buckholts, Cameron and north FM 908; assist Thorndale Police Department; welfare check, CR 441; loud noise/music, Rockdale; reckless driver, CR 320.

Sunday—Suspicious person, CR 223; verbal argument, CR 254; criminal mischief, Milano; motorist assist, US 77; 911 call abandoned, CR 232 Loop.

Monday—Suspicious vehicle, Buckholts; assist Cameron Police Department, US 190; suspicious vehicle, Buckholts; credit card theft, Jesse Street, Praesel Addition; fraud, CR 414; possible burglary, Texas 36; criminal mischief, CR 443; juvenile case, FM 487; theft, CR 235; request to speak to deputy, Buckholts; welfare check, FM 908; civil matter, Milano; wanted person, US 77; theft, FM 2095; assist Cameron Police Department, US 190; animal nuisance, San Gabriel.


The sheriff's department also answered several calls to loose livestock in various areas of the county.


Tips on any crime listed above may be phoned in to Milam County CrimeStoppers, toll-free, at 1-888-697-TIPS (8477).

A reward of up to $1,000 may be paid for information, police said.

Tips to CrimeStoppers are anonymous. No one will ask your name.

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