A vandalism spree at a north Edmonton cemetery late Tuesday or early Wednesday left dozens of monuments damaged at an estimated value of between $50,000 to $75,000.

Vandals toppled tombstones, destroyed urns and strew personal memorial items across the grounds at St. Michael’s Cemetery at 138th Avenue and 82nd Street.

Elizabeth Sproule

Elizabeth Sproule was upset by the vandalism to her brother-in-law's gravestone. (CBC)

Families with loved ones buried in the cemetery were stunned that anyone would vandalize gravestones. 

"You think they would put their energy into something useful rather than damaging," said Elizabeth Sproule, who looked in disbelief at her brother-in-law's damaged tombstone.

"It's very upsetting, you know?"

Robert Bedard rushed to the cemetary after he got word of what happened. His mother passed away a month ago. 

"It's stupid," he said. "It's something that shouldn't happen."

Police believe the vandals spent about two hours inside the cemetery.

"It seems to have been fairly random," said Const. Liam Watson. "There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to the damage and they would have had to put in significant effort in order to topple some of these headstones."

Cemetery manager Mark Turgeon said St. Michael's may install a security gate to prevent this type of thing happening again. 

The damage was limited to the northwest grounds affecting plots purchased between 1965 and 1972. 

Anyone wanting to check on the status of a monument, can contact St. Michael's Cemetery office at 780-424-5493.