Pontiac — Two men face charges Wednesday in vandalism which did nearly $55,000 in damage at an Independence Township cemetery.

Michael Thomas Dickinson, 19, of Waterford Township, and a 17-year-old from Pontiac were charged in the Friday incident at the Sashabaw Plains Cemetery at 5331 Maybee.

At least 30 gravestones, some dating to the 1800s, were damaged, Oakland County Sheriff's deputies reported.

Dickinson was arraigned Wednesday in Clarkston 52-2 District Court and his bond set at $20,000 cash/surety bond.

The teen will be arraigned Thursday, according to a press release, and a third suspect is wanted for questioning. Dickinson had an outstanding retail fraud warrant out of 52-2 District Court at the time of his arrest. None of the other suspects has criminal histories.

“It is unfathomable that anyone could commit a crime against those that have gone before us,” Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard said. “Families often struggle to pay for gravestones that honor the life of a loved one and what these individuals did demonstrates that they have no regard or respect for life.”

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