Lethbridge Regional Police charge three men in connection with damaged headstones

Lethbridge Regional Police have charged three men in connection with $50,000 damage at St. Patrick’s Cemetery after a dozen headstones were found broken last week.

On March 12, 2014 police responded to a report from a city worker that a dozen headstones in St. Patrick’s Cemetery along the 500 block of 6 Avenue North had been broken. The headstones were located in an older part of the cemetery and some date back to the early 1900s. The majority of the damaged headstones were made of white marble, which cemetery officials say is no longer used by headstone manufacturers.

 Total damages are estimated at $50,000.

 Following further investigation by members of the Priority Crimes Unit the suspects were subsequently identified and charged.

 Jonathan Montega Manitowabie, 23, Jonathan Frederick Mitchell, 31, and Chad Daniel Saxon, 23, all of Lethbridge, are each charged with mischief over $5,000 (damage to property).

 All were released from custody and are scheduled to appear in court April 9.