A disgruntled former employee of Concordia Cemetery was accused by his former employer of shattering a chapel window and disturbing items at a handful of gravesites last week.
The rampage was reported on Dec. 1 around 10:45 a.m. and allegedly involved a former employee who had reportedly already trespassed on the property a week earlier. Staff at the cemetery believed that employee returned because they “threatened employees that [they] would be back for revenge for being fired,” according to a police report.
Whoever did the damage at the cemetery on Dec. 1 allegedly used a “large rock” to break out a window of the chapel and stuck their arm inside, throwing brochures and pamphlets on the ground. The vandal also “threw several items from different gravesites on the ground and smashed them” and threw something at a passing vehicle.
The former employee is also suspected of being the perpetrator because one of the gravesites that was allegedly damaged was a spot that he and another employee had previously argued about. The argument apparently involved a cross at the gravesite, and part of the Dec. 1 incident included someone pulling that cross out of the ground.
This information was obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department. Unless otherwise indicated, anybody named in these reports has only been charged with a crime. These cases have not been adjudicated.