By Will E Sanders
PIQUA — Piqua police filed charges of felony vandalism against two male juveniles Thursday after the youthful duo allegedly were responsible for recently causing more than $27,000 in damages to 19 monuments at Piqua Granite, 123 N. Main St.
Piqua Chief of Police Bruce Jamison said the boys, a 12- and 13-year-old who live in Piqua, were charged with fifth-degree felony vandalism after the police department investigated an anonymous tip provided by a member of the public.
The Daily Call is not identifying the youths in accordance with the newspaper’s policy.
Both juveniles were given a court summons, Jamison said.
Nineteen monuments were heavily damaged beyond reasonable use earlier this week. Of the 19 monuments, 10 were inscribed and were ready to be placed at area cemeteries. The remaining monuments were not inscribed, but were scheduled for inscription, the company’s vice president, Steve Supinger, said earlier this week.
Of the 19, nearly all of the granite pieces came from overseas and will take at least four to six months to be replaced, and some come as far away as India and China. Of the few domestic blocks of granite that were damaged, Supinger said it will take between six and eight weeks to replace those. In addition, each inscription will need to be made again.
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