Vandalism ruled out after tombstones were overturned in Midwood

Police have ruled out vandalism after five tombstones were overturned at a predominantly Jewish cemetery in Brooklyn this weekend.



State Assemblyman Dov Hikind tweeted photos showing the damage at Washington Cemetery in Midwood.



A hate crime task force says their investigators found no evidence of vandalism or foul play.



The cemetery management also confirms there was no vandalism but that they are grateful for the outpouring of community support.



Police say a number of factors could have contributed to the tombstones being overturned, including soil erosion, vibrations from nearby traffic or lack of maintenance.



The NYPD says this comes during a wave of anti-Semitic crimes in Brooklyn and throughout the country. Gravestones have been damaged and knocked over at Jewish cemeteries in Philadelphia, St. Louis and Rochester, officials say.



 


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