EDMONDS, Wash. - Edmonds police and Snohomish Count deputies are investigating after multiple cars were spray painted with swastikas overnight.
Early Monday morning, officers responded to two reports of swastikas that had been spray painted on vehicles and residences in the Westgate neighborhood. There were similar reports in parts of unincorporated Edmonds that were referred to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.
Throughout the day, police received five reports from victims whose property was damaged with the symbols.
Here are photos from two victim vehicles. pic.twitter.com/LAk8ET6GnS— Edmonds Police (@EdmondsPolice) April 18, 2017
“This sort of criminal behavior has no place in our society and is strongly condemned by me and any who stand up for the law and basic human dignity. We are asking for the public’s help with identifying suspects,” said police Chief Al Compaan.
Though there are people who are angry over the eight cars that were spray painted, Snohomish County deputies said they can't tell if the vandalism was actually an act specifically targeting anyone and noted that some of the swastikas were spray painted backwards.
Police are continuing their investigation as a possible hate crime in addition to the crime of vandalism. They have also notified the local FBI office.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 425-771-0212.
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