Reward offered for Glendale cemetery vandalism that cops say is a hate crime

Cemetery vandals
Screenshot via video provided by the NYPD

The NYPD is willing to dole out up to $2,500 in rewards to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the three teenagers wanted for vandalizing Cypress Hills Cemetery in Glendale last week.

According to the flyer released by police, the incident that took place on Aug. 15 in which the teens spray painted racial slurs against African-Americans, Chinese and Arabic people, and hateful messages against the NYPD is now being investigated as a hate crime.

It was reported last week that after entering the cemetery on the Queens/Brooklyn border just after midnight on Aug. 15, the teens knocked over and spray painted approximately 40 headstones. The trio also entered the memorial Abbey mausoleum where they broke the marble stones on the front of approximately 15 vaults, and spray painted more derogatory slurs.

Police released video surveillance footage of the teens inside the cemetery.

The suspects have been described as males, approximately 16 to 19 years of age, possibly white or Hispanic with light complexions.

Flyer courtesy of the NYPD
Flyer courtesy of the NYPD

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 888-577-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

All calls and messages are kept confidential.