Four teens have been arrested in Texarkana in a cemetery vandalism case.
Their target was Stateline Cemetery, which has suffered thousands of dollars in damage over the past several months.
Texarkana Police say the juveniles arrested include a 13-year-old girl they describe as "the ring leader" of the group. Two others involved were 10 or under and could not be charged, according to police.
The Criminal Investigation Division of the Texarkana Police Department has pending felony charges against the four teens, whose cases have been forwarded to the Prosecutor's Office.
Police say they will proceed with a Family In Need of Supervision (FINS) violation, which will require the children and parents to appear before a Juvenile Court judge.
There were three boys and three girls, four of whom lived in the area near the cemetery, police say.
Neither the names or photographs can be released due to the juvenile status of the offenders.
Update (September 17):
A Texarkana cemetery continues to be the target of destructive vandals.
We told you last week about the State Line Cemetery, which had more than a dozen grave stones knocked over.
A cemetery spokesperson says someone struck yet again, possibly Thursday night, knocking over even larger monuments.
The stones have thousands of dollars of damage, which the spokesperson says will be a strain on the nonprofit organization to repair.
This is the third time this year the cemetery has been targeted.
Original story (September 13):
Tombstones have been toppled again at a Texarkana cemetery.
This is the second time this year State Line Cemetery has been vandalized.
State Line Cemetery Association President Emily Tarr believes someone knocked over about 15 headstones at the cemetery over the weekend.
A similar incident reportedly happened earlier this year when gravestones on the other side of the cemetery were pushed over.
Tarr believes the same people are involved in the vandalism since the pattern of destruction is similar.
Texarkana Police say they're investigating and looking for witnesses.
Anyone with information is urged to call police at (903) 798-3154.
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