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Montgomery Co. police investigating swastika graffiti

ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Two cases of swastikas being painted on objects in Montgomery County are being investigated as hate incidents, Montgomery County police said Monday.

On August 26 at around 6 a.m., a county police officer said they saw a large green-colored swastika painted on a county speed camera on Route 108 in Olney near Headwaters Drive. While checking the surrounding area, officers found a second speed camera painted with a swastika on Route 108 near Spartan Road.

That same morning just before 8 a.m., police say a resident in the area of Norbeck Road and Westbury Road in Rockville called police to report a green spray-painted swastika on the "Flower Valley" neighborhood entrance sign.  

Police believe the two incidents are related.

In a statement, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett said, “I am again appalled that acts of hate and anti-Semitism have appeared in Montgomery County. This behavior will not be tolerated. I stand with all of our neighbors in Olney and Rockville condemning this activity in the strongest possible terms, and I know our Montgomery County Police Department is doing all it can to find and apprehend those responsible.” 

Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to contact police at 240-773-5530. 

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