Robbers loot $160,000 in precious metal from ‘celebrity’ graveyard in the Bronx

Posted at 8:02 PM, Feb 19, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-19 20:02:22-05

Billie Holiday and world champ boxer Hector “Macho” Camacho are just two of the many celebrities buried at St. Raymond’s Cemetery in the Throgs Neck section of the Bronx. The cemetery is one of the city’s oldest, known for famous grave sites, but there are also thousands of regular New Yorkers buried there.

Now, it’s known too for a crime that happened here.

“I came here right away to see what happened,” said Jose Nival.

Nival rushed to the cemetery to check on his grandmother’s stone when he heard what happened,

Police say a thief or thieves came in and stole more than one hundred sixty thousand dollars in materials from more than a dozen mausoleums including brass and air vents and name plates.

Authorities say they already have a suspect. He was seen inside the cemetery with the stolen materials. He is described as a white male in his 50’s, around 6 foot, brown eyes and hair with a mustache.  Police say he was last seen wearing a dark-colored hooded jacket and a red-hooded sweatshirt.
A spokesperson for the security company for the cemetery said they spotted the man over the weekend and alerted the NYPD. Items were noticed missing last week.
Police say at least 60 were hit.

“We confronted a suspect that we believe had something to do with the burglaries,” said Matthew W. Horace, Chief Security Office, of FJC Security.


Police are looking for this man who was the last person seen in the cemetery before the heist.

“The person fled and dropped burglary tools in the bag,” added Horace. Now police are on the hunt for him. Horace said in such a vast place, it wouldn’t be hard for a thief to hide.

The cemetery denied us access to the damage, but for families the distress is easy to see.At

While many were relieved to find their stones and mausoleums unharmed, dozens of other people are not as lucky.
St. Raymond’s cemetery wouldn’t comment on the thefts. There are some reports that security should have been tighter there, but police had no information on that.

Among the other famous people buried here also singer Frankie Lymon. it’s also one of the busiest cemeteries in the country.