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Swastika graffiti investigated in Silver Spring

Swastikas and the number "666" have been spray painted repeatedly in recent days on one homeowner's fence and another's mailbox in the Stonecrest neighborhood, Montgomery County said Friday.

Detectives are investigating the incidents described by the department as "hate-based graffiti vandalisms." On Sunday, a homeowner in the 12900 block of Ruxton Road reported that "666" and a swastika had been painted on his fence, police said.

After the graffiti was removed, the fence again was vandalized on with the same writings Tuesday through Thursday. A swastika was painted Monday on a home mailbox in the 12700 block of Turquoise Terrace, police said.

Tips about the incidents and/or suspects can be shared with 3rd District Investigative Section of the county police at 301-565-5835. Anonymous tipsters may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).

Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of $1,000 or more for information leading to an arrest and/or indictment for this crime.

-- Mary Pat Flaherty

By Mary Pat Flaherty  |  April 16, 2010; 3:57 PM ET
Categories:  Mary Pat Flaherty , Maryland , Montgomery  
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Comments

Are the authorities going to start investigating Hip-Hop and hispanic graffiti?

Posted by: jnrentz@aol.com | April 16, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps the police need to hav spray paint outlawed to prevent these incidents from happening. Geeez what nonsense "hate crime" get real.

Posted by: OhBrother67 | April 16, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Eek. Call Interpol!

Posted by: RealityCheckerInEffect | April 17, 2010 12:36 AM | Report abuse

@jnrentz@aol.com: I don't see how you can equate a swastika with Hip-Hop or Hispanic graffiti(what ever that is), as neither of those two are necessarily hate based.

Posted by: mocoresider09 | April 17, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

@jnrentz@aol.com: I don't see how you can equate a swastika with Hip-Hop or Hispanic graffiti(what ever that is), as neither of those two are necessarily hate based.

Posted by: mocoresider09 | April 17, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse
******************************************************************************************The swastika and the numbers are not necessarily hate based either. Much Ado about Nothing. Graffiti or tagging deserves an investigation, not an over reaction.

Posted by: jnrentz@aol.com | April 18, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

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