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Cinnaminson police investigating racist and anti-Semitic graffiti

Police in the South Jersey town said teenagers likely drew the offensive graffiti on Mischief Night.

Racist graffiti and swastikas were found in Cinnaminson Township’s Palmyra section.
Racist graffiti and swastikas were found in Cinnaminson Township’s Palmyra section.Read moreCinnaminson Police Department

Anti-Semitic and racist graffiti recently surfaced in multiple locations around Cinnaminson Township, and police are redoubling efforts to find the vandals.

Multiple residents in the Burlington County community alerted authorities to swastikas and other racist terms, such as "KKK," spray-painted on streets, sidewalks, and basketball courts in the town's Palmyra Extension section from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3. Similar graffiti was also found at the Charles Street School, which holds about 500 students ranging from prekindergarten to sixth grade and is located on the borough's border.

Lt. Rich Calabrese said teenagers or children likely drew the graffiti on Mischief Night, the night before Halloween.

The drawings come as newly released FBI data show that hate crimes increased over the last year. In February, law enforcement officials condemned white supremacist fliers promoting the "Loyal White Knights KKK" that appeared near Fork Landing and Lenola Roads in Cinnaminson.

Detectives investigating the graffiti were unable to recover any security footage from nearby residents' homes. On Tuesday, police asked for the public's assistance.

"We're hoping residents might have seen something or that kids in the area might have heard other kids bragging about it," Calabrese said.

Anyone with information should contact Cinnaminson Detectives at 856-829-6667.