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LAPD investigates hate crime at San Fernando Valley synagogue

August 22, 2011 |  4:09 pm

Valley Los Angeles police are investigating a hate crime at a West Hills synagogue where suspects spray-painted two swastikas and "Go Home" on the congregation's property, officials said Monday.

The graffiti, which also included the numbers "666" within the swastikas, was discovered about 6:30 a.m. Monday spray painted on the corner of temporary offices at the Temple Judea satellite campus in the 6600 block of Valley Circle Boulevard, according to LAPD officials.

There was no immediate description of a suspect or suspects, police said. The incident is being investigated at a hate crime.

"Obviously, it's upsetting, but we don't feel like we are in any danger," said Ellen Franklin, executive director of Temple Judea, which has its main campus in Tarzana. "We are thankful for the immediate response by the LAPD and their investigation."

Anyone with information is asked to call Topanga Division detectives at (818) 756-4820. During non-business hours, call (877) LAPD-24-7. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call Crimestoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or text 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) via cellphone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.


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Image: Map shows location of a West Hills synagogue where vandals spray-painted two swastikas on property. Source: Google Maps

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