Racist graffiti to be pursued as a hate crime

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RANGELEY – Police are asking the public for help following a report of racial slurs and racist symbols found spray painted near the entrance to a new subdivision development on Dodge Pond Road. The case will be prosecuted as a hate crime, said Police Chief Phil Weymouth. 

Officer Brian Hughes of the Rangeley Police Department, responded to a report at 4 p.m. Saturday by the property’s owner that racial words and symbols had been spray painted on signs, on a six-wheeler parked at the site and across the road to the new subdivision under development.

“Vulgar things were spray painted on the road to the subdivision,” Hughes said. The developer, who is Jewish, found the racist symbols and slurs offensive, as did the police department. Weymouth said he intends to notify the Attorney General’s Office to report the case as a hate crime, which carries with it harsher penalties if those responsible are caught.

“We’re asking that if anyone saw anything that could help with the investigation to please call us,” Hughes said. He can be reached at 864-0938. 

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