Vandals broke into the tomb of former U.S. President James A. Garfield and stole about two dozen commemorative spoons.
Someone broke into the tomb, a 180-foot-tall monument in Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, according to WJW-TV. A cemetery employee saw the break-in, which seems to have happened through a window.
Cleveland Heights police are trying to recover DNA from a T-shirt, cigarette butts and an empty whiskey bottle they found nearby. They also picked up fingerprints on the glass case that held the stolen spoons.
Although the spoons have little monetary value, Garfield’s tomb and legacy is a sense of pride for the community. The monument has been a major tourist attraction in Northeast Ohio since it was built in 1890.
Garfield, who served as the 20th U.S. president, was assassinated in 1881 after only holding office for 200 days. The tomb also holds the coffin of his wife and two urns for the ashes of his daughter and her husband.
For more on this story, see WJW-TV’s report.