Repairs happening after thousands of dollars worth of damage to graves at Tulsa cemetery

TULSA, Okla. — Earlier this month, nearly 100 gravestones were damaged at the Oaklawn Cemetery, according to a police report.

In two days, Wilbert Funeral Services repaired the stones, setting them back up Tuesday.

Gary Mosier with the company says he saw the damage on the news and immediately wanted to help. Shortly after he says the City of Tulsa reached out to him.

He walked through the cemetery and was devastated by what he saw. Heartbroken that someone would do this.

“We don’t like doing this to be honest with you, because it means someone’s done something crazy, but we take pride in that we’re able to get the city and cemetery whole, and a family’s peace of mind back.”

He says the damage could have been much worse financially. Only two marble stones had to be completely replaced. Most of the other stones just needed a reset.

The challenge was due to some of the stones being decades old.

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Authorities arrested a man Tuesday night who they say caused thousands of dollars worth of damage at a Tulsa cemetery.

Tulsa police officers were called about vandalism in progress at Oaklawn Cemetery near 11th Street and Peoria around 10:30 p.m.

Officers say they arrived to find 97 gravestones damaged, according to an arrest report.

The gravestones were found toppled over, cracked and damaged.

Police and Tulsa Fire marshals arrested Joshua Dean who they say told them he was looking for a place to sleep in the cemetery at the time.

Dean is facing charges for felony malicious injury to property.