4 teens arrested in cemetery vandalism

10 01 2008

Four teenagers have been arrested in connection with the damage done to nearly 500 headstones at a Jewish cemetery in New Brunswick, a rabbi from one of the two synagogues that uses the cemetery said today.Rabbi David Bassous of Congregation Etz Ahaim in Highland Park said he met with officials from Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan’s office today and was told the juveniles, ages 15 to 17, had been arrested for causing the damage at Poile Zedek cemetery.

Bassous, however, said he does not know if investigators determined the motive behind the incident, which authorities are treating as a bias crime. The prosecutor’s office is expected to issue a statement later today.

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