HOPKINS COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - The Hopkins County Sheriff says that tips have led to arrests in the vandalism of Weaver Cemetery earlier this week. More than 70 graves were ransacked in the crime.
Authorities received a call early Monday morning reporting that vandals had tipped over more than 70 headstones at the Weaver Cemetery, east of Sulphur Springs.
Canyon Ray Davis, 17, and Johnny Bench, 17, were arrested Thursday in connection to the vandalism after investigators received tips from members of the community have also been working to solve the case.
According to Hopkins County Sheriff Lewis Tatum, Davis charged with tampering with evidence and criminal mischief while Bench was charged with tampering with evidence. However, Sheriff Tatum said that there may be more charges filed against the two and possibly another arrest.
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In a press release, the Sheriff's Office said that tampering with evidence charges were filed against Davis and Bench after investigators say they threw an item from the cemetery into a pond after learning that authorities were looking for them.
Several smashed windows of a church in the Pickton area and numerous vandalized mailboxes lead authorities to charge Davis with criminal mischief, according to Sheriff's Office.
The Sheriff's Office reports that charges for the destruction of the grave markers at the Weaver Cemetery will be pending once they meet with the District Attorney's Office.
"Sheriff Tatum would like to personally thank the Weaver coalition for their hard work, Chief investigator Corley Weatherford. Investigator Dennis Findley, Investigator Wade Sheets, along With Saltillo ISD Police chief Dustin Ray, and the patrol division," stated the Sheriff's Office in a press release.