A few months back, I put together an author talk that I titled, "Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves." I put together a power point presentation and I wanted to put it on the website but so far I haven't figured out how to do that (if anyone can help me, please feel free to e-mail me).
In the meantime, I'm adding a few of the articles I found in the local newspaper in the late 1800s and early 1900s on this topic.
Cemeteries seem to be a draw for vandalism, and it is nothing new. The following article was published in 1897: