Italian media reported Friday that vandals desecrated at least 70 graves in the Roman cemetery—the city's main cemetery—and that many of these graves are Jewish graves.
The four were documented in security cameras entering a side entrance. Police reportedly recongnized details that could help detect and capture them.
The Italian daily Corriere della Sera reported that the investigators are now trying to understand whether the vandals had planned in advance to focus on desecrating graves in the Jewish part of the cemetery and whether their motive was anti-Semitic. The four also sowed destruction in other parts of the cemetery, desecrating Christian graves and uprooting crosses, but most of the destruction was focused on the Jewish part.
Italian daily La Repubblica reported that an initial investigation revealed that the gravediggers indiscriminately hit the tombs in their path, and that the investigators said it was too early to say the background was actually anti-Semitic.