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Richmond police investigating if cemetery vandalism cases are connected


Richmond investigators say, they're looking into the possibility that the same set of vandals targeted two historic cemeteries in less than a week.

According to police, sometime between 2 p.m. on March 27 and 11 a.m. on April 3, an unknown person(s) knocked over and destroyed six headstones at the Hebrew Cemetery at 400 Hospital Street.

Some of the headstones were more than 100 years old!

Around that same time period at the East End Cemetery, a volunteer groundskeeper says, he noticed similar vandalism. 

Two tombstones at the historic African-American graveyard were knocked off of their bases and two markers were cracked.

Richmond police say, the headstones appear to have been knocked over manually or hit with an object, though it's difficult to pin down exactly what was done.

The groundskeeper at the East End Cemetery says, there are no plans to repair or replace the tombstones because it's unclear who actually owns or is responsible for the graveyard.

Meanwhile, a stone mason was at Hebrew Cemetery Wednesday working to repair or replace every tombstone that was vandalized.

Detectives say they have no suspect information and are asking anyone with any information about this incident to please call Fourth Precinct Detective James Higgins at (804) 646-3186 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens can also text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word "ITip" followed by your tip. Both Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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