Reward for tips in swastika vandalism increased

March 29, 1995

The Rouse Co. has increased to $5,000 its reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for painting swastikas last month on the windows of a Harper's Choice Village Center photo shop owned by Russian Jewish immigrants.

Rouse, the developer that manages Columbia's village shopping centers, said yesterday that it is adding $2,000 to the $3,000 in reward money it had already offered. The Howard County Police Department also has offered up to $300 for tips leading to an arrest.

"It is our hope that $5,000 will be the kind of incentive someone needs to come forward with information," said Duke Kassolis, a Rouse senior vice president who oversees office and mixed-use operations.

"This kind of hateful vandalism is very distressing to those of us who live and work in this area, and we want to do everything we can to speed up the arrest of those responsible."

Large red swastikas -- symbols of Nazi Germany -- were painted on the windows and outside walls of Uniphoto Labs Inc. late Feb. 5 or early Feb. 6. Community leaders were quick to denounce the crime.

Police are continuing to investigate and have made no arrests.

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