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Vandalism seen as a hate crime

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A Hispanic family’s car was damaged by a bowling ball marked with racist messages, including a Swastika and SS bolts, and the sheriff’s office is looking for the vandal and investigating the act as a hate crime.

“The swastika is recognized as a universal hate sign,” said Erica Stuart, sheriff’s spokeswoman.

“Knowing that it has been used as a contemporary calling card by neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups, the sheriff’s office is calling this act of vandalism a hate crime.”

The car was parked in the driveway of a home on Avenue 17, between North Lake Street and Road 26, when the marked bowling ball was thrown at it sometime between Sunday night and early Monday, Stuart said...


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