200 Tombstones Desecrated in New Montefiore Cemetery in Long Island
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200 Tombstones Desecrated in New Montefiore Cemetery in Long Island

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About 200 tombstones were overturned, and many of them were smashed last Sunday in the New Montefiore Cemetery, a Jewish burial ground, near here, it was discovered today.

Police authorities here, who started to probe the desecration, said they found fresh marks from truck tires on the cemetery grounds, indicating that a large vehicle had been employed in the action. Fingerprints were taken from some of the tombstones, and police said they would try to trace the perpetrators through these prints.

Fred Egg, the caretaker of the cemetery, said that desecrations of the cemetery have taken place almost annually at this time of year.

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