CALGARY – Police are searching for suspects after a swastika was found spray painted on a Jewish synagogue in the city’s southwest earlier this week.
Officers received a complaint about the vandalism just after midnight on Monday.
The swastika was scrawled on the rear door of the building in the 500 block of Woodpark Blvd. S.W., and the word “swastika” was also found painted on a nearby school.
Police believe three suspects were involved, and describe them as around 5’ 10” tall, weighing 140 to 150 lbs.
Officers say they are investigating this as a hate crime, and are also looking into the possibility it may be linked to more vulgar graffiti found at other schools between the evening of Thursday, April 24th and the early morning of Friday, April 25th, including:
- Graffiti and swastikas, vulgar drawings and language spray painted on a school in the 200 block of Parkland Way S.E.
- Swastikas and abusive words painted on a school in the 1700 block of Acadia Dr. S.E.
- Words and vulgar sayings painted on a school in the 700 block of Mapleton Dr. S.E.
- Various inappropriate words and images painted on a school in the 13800 block of Parkside Dr. S.E. The same school was vandalized two other times in previous weeks.
Officials say all of the above graffiti has since been removed.