Swastikas spray-painted on Riverside home on Christmas Day

RIVERSIDE, Ill. (STMW)- Police are investigating after swastikas were painted on a brand-new home in west suburban Riverside on Christmas Day.

Officers were called to the home in the 300 block of Lionel Drive at 8:50 a.m. on Dec. 25, and found swastikas and Nazi symbols in purple spray paint on all 25 windows, according to a statement from Riverside police. The house was under construction and partially open.

No physical evidence was found at the scene and no neighbors saw the vandalism take place, police said. The swastikas were removed from the windows after being photographed.

Police believe the incident occurred after 11 p.m. on Dec. 24 because a neighbor said there was no paint on the home at that time.

The potential homeowners, who were in the process of purchasing the home from the builder, are of Indian descent and may have been targeted, police said.

“As this is a disgusting incident and potentially a hate crime, I have assigned detectives to work on this specific case and put any resources they need towards the possible apprehension of the suspect(s),” Riverside Police Chief Tom Weitzel said in the statement.

Police are searching for anyone who might have bought purple spray paint or had it left over from some type of construction job or home project. Anyone with information should call Det. Jim Lazansky at (708) 447-2127 or jlazansky@riverside.il.us.

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