Ellicott City/elkridge

June 04, 1993

Vandals paint ethnic slurs at new library

Howard County police are investigating vandalism at the new Elkridge Library, where swastikas, other hate symbols and slurs were spray-painted on the outside of the building earlier this week.

Between 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, someone spray-painted racial, ethnic and religious slurs on the outside of the library in the 6500 block of Rowanberry Drive, police said.

Police said they have no suspects in the incident, which is considered a hate bias crime.

The vandals used red, green and blue spray paint to paint swastikas, a Star of David and phrases against Jews and blacks, police said.

In addition to the spray-painting, tools were stolen from a construction trailer, police said. The library is under construction and will open later this year.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 313-2266. If a caller provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of a suspect, the caller may receive a reward up to $300, police said.

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