Shawnee police have identified three juvenile suspects in the toppling of gravestones and other vandalism damage reported before Christmas at Fairview Cemetery.

Shawnee police have identified three juvenile suspects in the toppling of gravestones and other vandalism damage reported before Christmas at Fairview Cemetery.

Fairview Cemetery Supervisor Joey Young said police were called about a vandalism that occurred Dec. 21, with 20 gravestones toppled and 14 vases broken.

Shawnee police began an investigation and thanks to some new surveillance video cameras at the cemetery, police were able to identify the juveniles and bring them in for questioning on Friday.

Shawnee Police Detective Jason Crouch said the three males were interviewed after Cpl. Shawn Parsons, school resource officer, recognized and identified them from the video footage.

The juveniles — a 14-year-old and two 15-year-olds — allegedly confessed to the December incident, Crouch said, and also allegedly admitted involvement in other Fairview Cemetery incidents since August.

Young said in addition to the Dec. 21 incident, similar vandalism incidents occurred over the summer. Young estimates a total of 200 gravestones have been toppled or damaged since summer.

Located at 1400 N. Center, the cemetery, which was commissioned in 1897, consists of 80 acres. One of the toppled stones dates back to 1930.

Crouch said police believe the teens were taking short cuts walking through the cemetery at night to eating places on Harrison Street.

The detective also said they believe these three juveniles were involved in all the incidents. Because they are minors, Crouch said their names are not being released; they have not been arrested. Their case and any possible charges will be handled through juvenile services.