Swastikas painted in Elkridge

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December 02, 2005|By MELISSA HARRIS

Vandals spray-painted at least 10 homes or vehicles with swastikas in an Elkridge neighborhood Wednesday night or yesterday morning, Howard County police said yesterday.

Police are calling the graffiti "hate-bias incidents" rather than "hate crimes" because no one was targeted.

"There are no similarities between any of the victims," said police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn. "The victims were not of one race or faith."

All the incidents occurred in the 6100 blocks of Ducketts Lane, Kyle Leaf Court, Lori Lane and Kara's Walk, which are within walking distance of each other. Police said the vandalism probably took place between 10 p.m. Wednesday and 5:30 a.m. yesterday.

Police do not have suspects and are asking anyone with information to call 410-313-3200. They are offering a $300 reward.

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