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Lethbridge police investigating ‘hate-motivated’ vandalism

Lethbridge police have laid charges in connection to a fatal crash on Thursday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Rossiter

Police in Lethbridge, Alta., are investigating what is being called “hate-motivated destruction” of a property for a north Lethbridge business over the weekend.

Officers were alerted to the damage about 3:30 a.m. on Saturday and arrived to find windows had been shattered in the entranceway of a business and what is described as a political message spray painted on an exterior wall.

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Police declined to provide details around the location, type of business and nature of the message spray painted on the wall.

Surveillance video shows a single person was responsible for the damage and they did not attempt to break into the business, according to police.

“Given the political nature of the graffiti, police consider the incident to be a hate-motivated offence,” Lethbridge Police Service said in a release.

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Anyone with information is asked to call 403-328-4444 and reference file 23028949 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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