Police Investigating Vandalism At NJ Church Cemetery

FLEMINGTON, NJ (CBSNewYork) — New Jersey police are investigating increasingly destructive vandalism at a church cemetery in New Jersey.

Investigators say 166 headstones have been uprooted, broken off or knocked over at the Flemington Presbyterian Church Cemetery since Nov. 15.

“I think it’s a terrible, disgraceful thing. You know, it’s sacred ground…I don’t know what pleasure they get out of it,” one local resident told CBS 2’s Ann Mercogliano.

Big monuments have not been touched, but police say headstones — some from the 1700s and 1800s — were targeted.

“I felt disrespected on behalf of those people,” Robin Boyle said. “I feel very bad about it.”

While police wouldn’t go on camera, they assured residents that they were working day and night to find out who committed the vandalism.

Besides the historical significance, people are horrified by the lack of regard for human remains and wonder what this person or persons might be capable of next.

The damaged headstones have not yet been repaired.

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  • t

    This is horrible__the deceased cant even rest in peace. What the hell is wrong with this world?? Going Mad!!

  • lowlight

    Do you have any idea how many night vision cameras would be necessary to cover that cemetery? It’s long, and it’s very dark.

  • Susan Moon

    That congregation is very wealthy. They should have set up surveillance cameras by now. Come on Flem Pres! Show a little pride and a little concern.

    • yknipp

      Your right Susan….camera time for sure!

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