Dozens of headstones toppled at Philadelphia Jewish cemetery
Fox News, Feb 26 2017
WPVI reported that Aaron Mallin discovered the damage Sunday morning when he arrived at Mount Carmel Cemetery to visit his father’s grave. Police said that they received a call from a man that three of his relatives’ headstones had been knocked over and damaged. “The cemetery was inspected and approximately 100 additional headstones were found to be knocked over,” apparently sometime after dark Saturday, a police spokeswoman said in a statement. A criminal mischief-institutional vandalism investigation will be conducted by the police Northeast Detectives Division, she said. Police did not say whether they had any suspects in the case or whether they knew of a motive. Philly.com reported that the cemetery contains tombstones dating back to at least the mid-1800s. The damage comes less than a week after a Jewish cemetery in suburban St Louis reported more than 150 headstones vandalized, many of them tipped over. The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia said late Sunday that it would open an online mailbox to begin raising money for repairs. Police said Sunday evening that the ADL is offering a $10k reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible. A local Fraternal Order of Police lodge also is offering a reward of $3k.