'Hate graffiti' painted on Cinnaminson-area sidewalks

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'Hate graffiti' painted on Cinnaminson-area sidewalks: John Rawlins reports on Action News at 4 p.m., November 14, 2017. (WPVI)

Several spray painted pictures of hate-filled images and speech have been spotted on the sidewalk and other structures in the Cinnaminson area.

The first report came from maintenance staffers of the Charles Street School in neighboring Palmyra following Mischief Night.

In a remote corner of the property, someone spray painted some profanity and a racial slur.

That incident was followed by additional reports in Cinnaminson of what's termed 'hate graffiti.' Cinnaminson Police Lt. Richard Calabrese said 'hate graffiti' is graffiti that can be construed as biased.

In the Cinnaminson cases, the graffiti included a swastika then a swastika with the number 666 from the Book of Revelations. Both were painted on pavement, and neither included any explicit written threat.

"The concern is that although appears to be from some juveniles on mischief night it could escalate even further," said Calabrese. "Absent any other motive, the Cinnaminson police take it seriously."

The graffiti was quickly removed. Police are not certain if it was done all in one night and reported over several days, or if someone had struck on more than one evening.

But authorities are asking for the public's help.

"Maybe somebody bragged about this and a member of the community can reach out to us," said Calabrese.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cinnaminson Police Detectives at 856-829-6667.

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