East Bay News
Police investigate car vandalism as hate crime
HERCULES, Calif. -- A large swastika that was found carved into the hood of a woman's car in Hercules on Tuesday morning is being investigated as a hate crime, Hercules police Detective Alex Abetkov said.
The victim, a 54-year-old Hercules woman, told police that her car had been parked overnight in the 1500 block of Chelsea.
When she returned to her car on Tuesday morning, she found the swastika, which appeared to have been scratched into the hood with a key, Abetkov said.
He estimated that the symbol was about 2 feet by 2 feet and covered most of the car's hood.
Abetkov said there was nothing on the vehicle that would identify the victim as Jewish, but based on her religious faith, police are investigating the incident as a hate crime.
Officers canvassed the neighborhood Wednesday morning and again that evening, but so far haven't found anybody who saw the crime occur, Abetkov said.
No other similar incidents have been reported recently in Hercules or any surrounding areas, Abetkov said.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Abetkov at (510) 799-8279.
vandalism, crime, hate crime, hercules, east bay news
- Former church worker arrested for credit card fraud 50 min ago
- Car hits SF bus stop, seriously injuring woman 50 min ago
- Mudslide causes trees to fall on power lines in Piedmont 51 min ago
- Mechanic cashes in on SF's high real estate market 53 min ago
- Dog stabbed to death in SF's Mission District
- Police raid LA Times building after threat reports
- Mt. Diablo slow to recover after fire 50 min ago
- SF marks 108th anniversary of the 1906 earthquake
- Family at odds with neighbors over pet chickens
- One fatally shot in apparent burglary in Richmond
- 7 On Your Side helps man waiting for gem ring 52 min ago
- FREE STUFF: Cheese; Water Exercise
- weather: Bay Area weather forecast for Saturday
- roundup: Coachella death; Fireworks incident at...