Cops put out photo of Greenwood Cemetery vandal

Green-Wood cemetery vandalism suspect caught on camera

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Cops released video of a fence-hopping man who they believe destroyed dozens of monuments and tombstones inside Green-Wood Cemetery on Aug. 25.

Surveillance footage shows an agile rule-breaker jumping a gate at the cemetery’s main entrance at 7 am — about an hour before the historic grounds opened on the morning when workers discovered more than 40 statues and gravestones had been destroyed.

In the video, a lone male suspect climbs the inside of the fence near Fifth Avenue and 25th Street, then hops onto the sidewalk — evidence suggesting a single person could be responsible for an act of vandalism that’s shocking in its size and scope.

Workers last month noted that the prolific perp, who is wanted for criminal mischief, scratched out porcelain photographs of dead people and cracked statues of angels, causing roughly $100,000 in damage.

Officers at the 72nd Precinct have little information about the gravestone-basher — but they are hoping passersby can assist with details, an NYPD spokeswoman said.

“We have no description — but someone might recognize him,” said Detective Cheryl Crispin.

Cemetery historian Jeff Richman, who discovered the damage, did not immediately return calls seeking comment on Monday — but noted recently on the cemetery’s blog that a restoration team is repairing some of the damage.

“Many of the monuments, after being toppled, remained intact,” he said.

Anyone with information about the crime should call the NYPD tip line at (800) 577- 8477.

Reach reporter Natalie O'Neill at or by calling her at (718) 260-4505.
Updated 5:36 pm, July 9, 2018
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JG from Brooklyn says:
and where might one view this video footage?
Sept. 26, 2012, 10:26 am
Ed from Sunset Park says:
What is wrong with this police precinct????

When we had (and continue to have!) one or more groper/rapists working this neighborhood they did nothing! Even when there was video of one of the skells in action, published on this website they did nothing! Now some fool is knocking over monuments in a cemetery and they want to enlist the community's help, after rejecting the community's calls for help, offers to help all those months!

What are they saying, that dead people are worth more than women???
Sept. 27, 2012, 7:32 am
nancy from coney says:
this is all green-wood cemeterys faul they open the place to the public they treat it like its a park and people act like its a park what do they expect to happen. oh and by the way t he cemetery is open in the summer from 7 am to 7 pm so this guy walked right in the gates were open stop treating the place like a park if people want 2 come in it should only be if they have family burried there and they should show a pass people get a clue its not a park see those headstones that means 6 feet under them there are dead bodies if you want a park get off ur lazy asses and go to prospect park which it a few short blocks from there why would you people want to hang out in a place full of dead bodies green-wood stop being such a bunch of knuckle heads and stop treating the place like its a park and close it to the public cause if my families plots were vandlized there would be hell to pay
Sept. 28, 2012, 4:19 pm
Ed from Sunset Park says:
Nancy, are you suggesting that vandalism is OK if it happens in a public park? Or that if the door is open it's OK to go in and trash someplace?

I hope they catch this skell and teach him and his buds a lesson. Along with everybody else: being a punk means going away, period
Sept. 29, 2012, 8:46 am
nancy from coney says:
its not ok anywhere ed but if u treat a place like its a park meaning the cemtery thats what you get and as far as parks when people arent raised 2 respect thats what you get and greenwood treats the place like a park so this is what they get the place is so big like prosp prk its hard 2 patrol but no one says anything 2 a person abusing a place thats y they get away with it im saying if your not in the cemetary 2 visit a grave u dont belong there close it 2 the public let all these people go elsewhere theres is a park
Sept. 30, 2012, 8:41 am

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