- The Washington Times - Monday, February 16, 2015

At least 25 homes in Madison, Wisconsin were vandalized overnight Friday, with swastikas, profanity and racial slurs spray-painted on walls, garage doors, driveways and vehicles, police said.

“I think we’re talking about felony types of damage,” said Madison Police Officer David Dexheimer, who estimated the damage at well over $10,000, a local CBS affiliate reported.

Most of the damage included profane language and explicit drawings, but several contained racial and anti-Semitic slurs and swastikas. Others were reportedly targeted at women and some made references to the Klu Klux Klan.

“Everyone in the neighborhood is pretty upset,” said Jim Stein, the president of the Jewish Federation of Madison who has lived on Brule Circle for 18 years, the station reported.

Mr. Stein said he woke up Saturday morning to see “F– Jews” written on a garage door across the street from him. Once the snow cleared later that day, a swastika was visible on the driveway, the station reported.

“It was, of course, extremely disturbing to me,” Mr. Stein said. “This is anti-Semitic to the extent people feel comfortable equating Jewish people or the Jewish religion with sexual terms and sexual parts of people’s bodies.”

Madison police say they are not currently investigating the graffiti as a hate crime, though that could change.

“It just looks like it’s malicious damage,” Officer Dexheimer said. “While some of the things painted were troubling, we don’t know that was specifically targeted to a particular victim.”

Police are asking anyone with information on the crimes to call the department or Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608/266-6014.

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