By Bill Parry
RIDGEWOOD — The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force was investigating the desecration of Cyprus Hills Cemetery in Ridgewood just after midnight Tuesday morning.
Three teens toppled 40 headstones, spraying racist and anti-NYPD graffiti, before entering the memorial Abbey mausoleum and breaking marble stones on the front of 15 vaults as well as spray painting derogatory words.
“There is absolutely zero tolerance for acts of hate and the vandalism that occurred in our historic Cypress Hills Cemetery,” City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) said. “As a community, we are proud of our values and must stand together against this horrendous act and work with law enforcement to hold those responsible accountable.”
Police were looking for three men between the ages of 16 and 19 years old. They are described as white or Hispanic with light complexions, police said.
— Bill Parry