Police Investigate Series of Swastikas in Brooklyn

One was on a synagogue and was discovered by men as they arrived Friday morning

By Tracie Strahan and Katherine Creag
|  Friday, Jun 15, 2012  |  Updated 6:42 PM EDT
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Police Investigate Swastikas in Brooklyn

At inset, one of the six swastikas seen spray-painted in Brooklyn Friday. The main image shows a surveillance image outside another location where a swastika was found.

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Police are investigating a series of swastikas spray-painted on several buildings in Boro Park, including one on a synagogue.

NBC 4 New York has obtained surveillance images of a young man in a hooded sweatshirt spray-painting outside one of the buildings.

At least six swastikas have been found in the predominantly Orthodox Jewish neighborhood. In addition to the synagogue, the graffiti has been found on a school, deli and other businesses.

Men going to pray early Friday morning noticed the swastika on the synagogue and notified authorities.

"That's the symbol of the ultimate hate," said state Assemblyman Dov Hikind.

The hate crimes task force is investigating.

Mayor Bloomberg said in a statement that "there is no place for acts of hate in New York City." Graffiti removal trucks were sent to the area and the swastikas were removed Friday, he said.

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