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Nazi Symbol Causes Thousands in Damages to Home in Massachusetts

Vandalism that included a 12-foot-by-16-foot swastika spray-painted on the roof caused almost $10,000 in damage to a house under construction on Hatherly Road, police said.

Police said there was damage to several parts of the house’s exterior, including the deck and windowpanes, as well as lewd spray-painting inside, a smashed and dented microwave, a broken vodka bottle and two cans of spray paint.

The vandalism occurred between Saturday, May 6, and the morning of Monday, May 8, when an owner of the property notified police. According to the report, rain on the nights of May 7 and 8 washed away any sign of footprints.

Police on Monday reported the vandalism to the public via Facebook and are asking for help identifying who committed the crime.

“The Scituate Police Department and the Town of Scituate will never tolerate any act of hatred or bias-motivated crimes,” Police Chief Mark Thompson wrote in the statement posted Monday. “Our investigators continue to work diligently to identify and hold those responsible accountable. As distressing as this act is, based on supporting evidence at this time, the incident appears to be isolated and not the work of an organized hate group.”

Anyone found responsible could face charges of wanton and malicious destruction of property, misdemeanor breaking and entering, defacement of property and trespassing, a police report states. Hate crimes are not listed among the possible charges. Police did not say whether the property owners are Jewish.

Source: https://www.patriotledger.com/story/news/2023/05/23/scituate-ma-vandalism-swastika-hatherly-road/70247217007/