Eindhoven police report they have arrested a 22-year-old man responsible for cemetery vandalization and multiple grave robbings. Police announced the Tuesday apprehension after “months of investigation” and suspect the man’s involvement in ten cases of thefts and cemetery vandalism throughout the region.
According to a police statement published Wednesday, the investigation began early in June with the report of two Veldhoven cemetery vandalisms including the case of a child’s grave left completely opened. Investigators soon associated the suspect with multiple graveyard vandalisms and thefts, including those from an Eindhoven cemetery on Anthony Fokkerweg.
Police say among other things, “some good tips” helped lead to the Tuesday arrest. Investigation into the suspect’s home and at other connected locations in Veldhoven revealed ash remains “probably from thefts at crematoriums and cemeteries.” The criminal investigation department says it “makes every effort to determine who those remains are from.”
Investigators say the targeted graves appear to have been randomly chosen and there is not yet clarity about the suspect’s motives.
Police say “the relatives of the children in the affected graves, the owners of the stolen urns and the managers of the cemeteries have since been personally informed about this arrest or will be informed about it in the coming days.” Eindhoven investigators say they cannot rule out additional unreported thefts in the region and request for possible victims to come forward with information that may help with further investigation.