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Police probe 5 headstones knocked over at Jewish cemetery

Written by The Associated Press | May 16, 2017 5:09 PM
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Damaged headstones rest on the ground at Mount Carmel Cemetery on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, in Philadelphia. More than 100 headstones have been vandalized at the Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia, damage discovered less than a week after similar vandalism in Missouri, authorities said.

(Philadelphia) -- Police say a handful of tombstones were reported knocked over at a Jewish cemetery in northeast Philadelphia.

Police said a groundskeeper at Adath Jeshurun Cemetery in the Frankford neighborhood reported finding five tombstones knocked over in the cemetery shortly after 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

But police said in a statement that "other than being knocked over, there is no further damage to the tombstones." They have classified the case an "unusual incident."

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported in 2015 that the caretaker reported finding dozens of tombstones knocked over. Earlier this year, scores of headstones were found damaged at the nearby Mount Carmel Cemetery.
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This story has been corrected to note that tombstones rather than headstones were reported knocked over and to correct the cemetery name to Adath Jeshurun rather than Adath Jushurun.

An earlier story appears below.

(Philadelphia) -- Police say they are investigating after a handful of headstones were found knocked over at a Jewish cemetery in northeast Philadelphia, but they are not calling it vandalism at this point.

Police said a groundskeeper at Adath Jeshurun Cemetery in the Frankford neighborhood found five tombstones knocked over in the cemetery.

But police said in a statement that "other than being knocked over, there is no further damage to the tombstones." They have classified the case an "unusual incident."

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported in 2015 that the caretaker reported finding dozens of tombstones knocked over. Earlier this year, scores of headstones were found damaged at the nearby Mount Carmel Cemetery.

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