May 14, 2019 By Laura Hanrahan
Police have released a photo snapped by an employee of Beth Olam Cemetery of the man they believe is responsible for a $24,000 burglary of the Jewish burial grounds last month.
The historic cemetery, located at 2 Cypress Hills St., was hit by an unidentified burglar on April 19. Around 4 p.m., the suspect was allegedly seen by a 66-year-old cemetery employee removing property from the location, police said.
An investigation revealed that a total of seven sets of doors and 50 air vents had been stolen from the cemetery’s mausoleums, with a total value of approximately $24,000.
The cemetery, established in 1851, was initially used as a burial site for members of the three synagogues in Manhattan. Given its history, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2016.
The incident is not being looked into as a hate crime, police said.
The suspect is described as a white male in his 30s. He was last seen wearing a navy blue hooded sweatshirt, dark colored pants and black sneakers.
Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).