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Boise man arrested after damaging headstones in cemetery

He faces a felony malicious injury to property charge
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Posted at 1:34 PM, Oct 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-01 15:35:05-04

BOISE, Idaho — A 49-year-old Boise man has been arrested after he allegedly drove a minivan over several headstones in a Boise graveyard.

Boise Police say just before 10:00 Monday night, officers responded to Morris Hill Cemetery after getting a report a vehicle had damaged several headstones. When officers arrived, they found a minivan in the graveyard, with the driver asleep at the wheel. Police say the minivan had driven over several headstones before it got stuck on one.

Police say evidence indicated the driver, Anthony Pape, had struck multiple headstones with the minivan, causing thousands of dollars worth of damage.

He has been booked into jail on a felony malicious injury to property charge.

“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.”