[Update 1:24 p.m.] Following an investigation, the NYPD determined the gravestones weren't toppled in an act of vandalism. "Upon conferral with the managers of the cemetery, it was determined the 42 toppled gravestones were due to neglect, or weather factors like soil and dirt and wind. There is no evidence to suggest this was a case of vandalism," a police spokesperson told Gothamist. A Washington Cemetery employee who answered the phone also confirmed that the gravestones didn't fall over because of vandalism.

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Police are investigating what appears to be another case of vandalism in a Jewish cemetery, this time after five headstones were found toppled over in a cemetery in Brooklyn.

State Assembly Member Dov Hikind, who represents parts of Borough Park and Midwood, tweeted an image of the fallen gravestones last night. Hikind tweeted that the picture of the toppled gravestones at the Washington Cemetery in Midwood had been sent to him by the Boro Park Shomrim, the volunteer Orthodox neighborhood patrol group.

Police say that a passerby who noticed the overturned headstones called in what they saw shortly after 6:30 p.m. last night. At the moment, the NYPD's Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the incident to determine whether it was a hate crime or if the headstones were pushed over by the wind.

Assemblyman Hikind visited the cemetery this morning, along with a Shomrim member and officers from the NYPD. On Facebook, Hikind wrote that police found a hole cut in the fence of the cemetery.

The discovery of the toppled over headstones comes in the same week that a Jewish cemetery in Rochester was vandalized, and just weeks after Jewish cemeteries in St. Louis and Philadelphia were vandalized as well. This week, the FBI arrested former reporter Juan Thompson and charged him with making bomb threats against eight Jewish Community Centers around the country as part of a campaign of harassment against his ex-girlfriend, but have still not solved the rest of the almost 100 bomb threats made against JCCs recently.