Graffiti of swastikas, pentagrams found in Pikesville

Police investigating four incidents as being connected

July 22, 2013|By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun

Four places in Pikesville, including the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation and an elementary school, were tagged over the weekend with graffiti carrying swastikas, pentagrams and other vulgarities, and Baltimore County police say they are investigating the incidents as being connected.

The graffiti was reported from Friday night through Sunday night, police spokeswoman Cathy Batton said Monday. Batton said police are investigating the incidents as a possible bias or hate crime, and are asking anyone with information to call 410-307-2020. All the places tagged with graffiti are within about a mile of one another.

In the first reported incident, police found graffiti on the side of an apartment building in the 6600 block of Sanzo Road that had a pentagram with a swastika in the middle and the figure 666, Batton said. Next, police found swastikas, a hand holding up a middle finger, pentagrams and a Star of David with a swastika inside it in the 7400 block of Park Heights Avenue, on the back of the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation building.

The third incident was in the 3000 block of Northbrook Road, where a 1999 Subaru Legacy was sprayed with a pentagram and the word "Satan," Batton said. More pentagrams were sprayed on traffic signs in the area, Batton said.

Next, police found more pentagrams and vulgar, sexual and anti-police graffiti on the side of the Wellwood International Elementary School and the Greenspring Shopping Center in the 2800 and 2900 blocks of Smith Avenue, Batton said.

All the graffiti is on private property and some has already been removed, Batton said. She said the owner of the Subaru did not feel targeted, but that police were investigating the graffiti as a bias incident just the same. Police have not yet identified any suspects.

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