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Suspects arrested after graves struck

Taryn Brodwater Staff writer

Coeur d’Alene police say an adult and several juveniles vandalized Riverview Cemetery early Sunday morning, breaking flower stands and plaques marking veterans’ graves and littering a memorial area with broken beer bottles.

Officers responded to the cemetery at 1001 N. Lincoln Way just before 4 a.m. and found “almost every ornament, flower, wind chime, religious symbol, American flag and flower stand” broken or knocked over. Witnesses reported seeing a half-dozen juveniles running through the cemetery, kicking headstones and throwing beer bottles, police said.

Officers went to an apartment at 1201 N. Lincoln Way after reportedly seeing a juvenile run inside. Police found three suspects, along with three statues allegedly stolen from the cemetery.

Police said they also found two other suspects hiding outside the apartment complex and other juvenile suspects nearby.

Dustin L. McCauley, 20, was charged with misdemeanor desecration of a cemetery and booked into the Kootenai County Jail on an outstanding warrant.

One of the suspects was booked into the Juvenile Detention Center, and two others were arrested and released to their parents. Police said charges were pending against four other juveniles.

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