Three more instances of antisemitic vandalisms have reported in Escambia County, the first three in a recent spree to occur outside of Pensacola’s city limits.
An employee with the Flowerama on 4095 Barrancas Avenue in Warrington told WEAR News on Monday that they were vandalized on Wednesday, and then again sometime between Friday night into Saturday morning.
The incident that they say took place on Wednesday consisted of a swastika being painted over one of the business’s glass doors. They could not provide a photo of that incident, because they say they were able to clean it up rather quickly since it was over glass.
But the same business claims that sometime between 7 p.m. on Friday and early Saturday morning, they were vandalized again.
The Flowerama sent WEAR News a photo of the second incident, which can be interpreted as a Star of David, commonly recognized as a symbol of both Jewish identity and Judaism, inside a circle with a slash drawn diagonally across it.
The Flowerama says they have since painted over the symbol.
The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office says they spoke with the business on Saturday morning and took a report.
An arrest has not yet been made in that case as the sheriff’s office continues to investigate.
Prior to the second incident at the Flowerama, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office also mentions that the Naval Lodge on S. Navy Boulevard was also vandalized last week.
The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office says that specific incident led to the arrest of one of the four teens that Pensacola Police announced felony charges for on Friday, as part of their ongoing investigation into the spree of antisemitic vandalisms over the past two weeks.
Pensacola Police previously confirmed eight different vandalism incidents in the city since last month.
Friday afternoon, Pensacola Police announced the arrests of 17-year-old Waylon Fowler, 15-year-old Wyatt Fowler, 16-year-old Nicholas Ferry, and 18-year-old Kessler Ferry in connection to those crimes.
WEAR News went to the Naval Lodge on S. Navy Boulevard on Monday afternoon. No one was available to speak but as of Monday, portions of the outside walls were noticeably covered in fresh white paint.
WEAR News asked what the sheriff’s office what had been sprayed on the Naval Lodge. They say it was similar symbols to that of other recent incidents.
Because these recent incidents took place in the county, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office are leading the investigation.