Police investigate cemetery vandalism as hate crime in Hyannis

HYANNIS, Mass. (WHDH) — Police are looking for any suspects after a cemetery in Hyannis was vandalized.

The vandalism was found at the Oak Grove Cemetery on Sea Street, where some of the tombstones date back to the 1850s. Police said two tombstones were kicked over and others were spray-painted. Some of the tombstones were covered with anti-police and anti-Semitic messages. A spray paint can was found in the woods at the cemetery.

Police said this is an ongoing hate crime with serious vandalism and they plan on having officers on patrol at the cemetery. Good Samaritans have volunteered at the cemetery to try and clean up the tombstones that were spray-painted.

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