University City police still searching for Jewish Cemetery vandalism suspects

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UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KTVI) - Police are still looking for the people who vandalized a Jewish cemetery in February.

More than 150 monument stones were toppled at Chesed Shel Emeth on February 20, 2017. Despite an overwhelming amount of manpower devoted to the investigation authorities have yet to identify a suspect.

Investigators say they have reviewed more than 100 hours of video footage and canvassed the surrounding neighborhoods to talk to possible witnesses. University City police have also been in communication with federal law enforcement about the investigation.

The open case is very concerning to the Jewish Federation of St. Louis.

Andrew Rehfeld, President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, said without resolution, there is no way of knowing if the vandalism is a serious act of antisemitism that could be repeated or lead to something worse, or if it was committed by young adults who thought they were having a good time.

“The odds are that this is not a targeted anti-Semitic act, but there's no way to know that unless we have resolution,” Rehfeld said. “So if you have information about who did it, whether that be a friend or a neighbor or something like that and you know this was just an act of carelessness and awful insensitivity, help us bring some resolution to the community in that.”

The Anti-Defamation League is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest, and prosecution of the perpetrators.

Police are continuing to ask for the public’s assistance in identifying any possible suspects. Call the University City Police Department at 314-725-2211, Ext. 8010 or CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS.

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