Dozens of tombstones pushed over at 2 Longueuil cemeteries
60 tombstones turned over at one cemetery and 40 more were vandalized at another
Longueuil police are looking for suspects after more than 100 tombstones were knocked down or broken at two cemeteries in the city.
Rows of granite tombstones were pushed off their bases at the Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue cemetery on Chambly Road in Vieux-Longueuil and at the Saint-Maxime cemetery on Sir-Wilfrid-Laurier Boulevard in Saint-Hubert, police say.
The two Catholic cemeteries are about 10 kilometres apart.
Const. Jean-Pierre Voutsinos said police were called to the Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue cemetery yesterday morning, after about 60 stones were turned over.
"They were not even standing anymore, so they were really pushed onto the ground," he said.
"It doesn't happen often … it's a pretty impressive number."
Then, Wednesday morning, the police service posted a news release on its Facebook page saying it had just been informed of the vandalism at the Saint-Maxime cemetery.
Another 40 or so tombstones "suffered the same fate" as the ones at the first burial ground, the statement said.
It's unclear when exactly the vandalism happened, but police say they believe it was sometime in the past week.
An investigation has been opened and Longueuil police are asking anyone with information to call 450-463-7011.