Illinois man in custody after swastikas found painted on 150-200 gravestones
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Illinois man in custody after swastikas found painted on 150-200 gravestones

Crews working to clean vandalized tombstones before Memorial Day; several nearby homes also defaced

A tombstone vandalized with a swastika at Sunset Hill Cemetery in Glen Carbon, Illinois, on May 27, 2018. (Screen capture: CBS News)
A tombstone vandalized with a swastika at Sunset Hill Cemetery in Glen Carbon, Illinois, on May 27, 2018. (Screen capture: CBS News)

GLEN CARBON, Illinois — Authorities in southwestern Illinois said a suspect is in custody after swastikas were found spray-painted on several homes and dozens of grave markers at a nearby cemetery.

Edwardsville police announced on Facebook that a 34-year-old man was apprehended on Saturday. Additional information on the suspect was not immediately available.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported employees at Sunset Hill Cemetery in neighboring Glen Carbon found swastikas on 150 to 200 headstones. Cemetery grounds superintendent Mark Johnson said the vandalism was discovered Saturday morning.

Glen Carbon is roughly 15 miles (24 kilometers) northeast of St. Louis.

Edwardsville police Sgt. Justin Towell said multiple homes in a subdivision were also vandalized. He said the same person may be responsible for both incidents.

Johnson said crews were called to clean the markers ahead of Memorial Day.

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