Three more Howard lawns found defaced

CRIME WATCH

June 09, 2006|By LARRY CARSON

The owners of three Ellicott City homes found offensive words and symbols burned into their lawns by a chemical agent on the same street where similar vandalism was reported Monday, Howard County police said.

The three homeowners, all minorities, police said, found small Nazi swastikas and the letters "WP" burned into their grass yesterday. The homes are on Stonehouse Drive. The words "white power" were burned into the lawn of the first home to report the damage.

The homeowners in the most recently reported incidents said they had noticed damage to their lawns earlier, but were unable to make out the symbols and words until Thursday, when they reported the incidents to police, who are investigating them as hate crimes.

Police believe all of the acts were committed at the same time, likely late last week, and are offering a reward for information.

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