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Vandalism strikes gravesite of mall mogul William Cafaro



Published: Sat, March 3, 2012 @ 12:08 a.m.

By Chelsea Miller

cmiller@vindy.com

Youngstown

Police are investigating an apparent act of vandalism to the gravesite of longtime businessman William M. Cafaro.

Police were dispatched about 6:30 p.m. Thursday to Calvary Cemetery, 248 S. Belle Vista Ave., on the city’s West Side, where they found the door to Cafaro’s mausoleum open.

Upon further investigation, pry marks were found on the doors, and the lock was pried open, police said.

Cafaro’s coffin also was found on the floor, but it was unopened. According to police, there appeared to be attempts made to open the coffin.

Cafaro, a Youngstown entrepreneur, developed the Cafaro Co., one of the largest commercial real-estate developers in the nation and a pioneer of mall development. He died in April 1998 at age 84. His net worth at his death was estimated at $800 million by Forbes magazine.

Joe Bell, the company’s director of corporate communications, said police are investigating the break-in, although it does not appear that the vandal was able to open the coffin.

“All we know about it is it appeared to be a random act of vandalism,” he said.

Police took pictures and attempted to lift fingerprints from the scene.


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1Lifes2Short(3875 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

You just want to ask WHY? Such bottom feeders in society to do something like this. Pitiful.

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2mcree(22 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

I sure hope they find them. Do we have to put securlty cameras in cemetaries now? My heart goes out to the Cafaro family....I would be devastated if my parents graves were defiled. It's just so wrong.

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3Caliber380(41 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Macejko was searching for his "envelope"

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4endthismess(303 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Flick and Caliber--the two of you are nothing more than a couple of filthy scum bags. GROW UP!

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5Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Right on endthismess
I would think the paper would stop this kind of stuff
Saying things to each other about difference of opinion is one thing But this is totally different .
Uncalled for Flick and Caliber
Your showing your Ytown class

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6app68(22 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

What the others said is rude...but some low life figured he was a wealthy man and was laid to rest with some of his jewelry still on. Shi**y way to make a living,get a job!!!

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7DAL(90 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

This is disturbing!!!!! The low life people that think it's OK to rob graves, are just SICK!!! I have heard of people stealing brass vases and even grave stones. Don't these low lifes realize that when they rob these graves, they are robbing the family members hearts!!!

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8Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

What the others said is rude
RUDE is that all you think it is .
It is more then Rude

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