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Sheriff’s Investigate Hate Crime At Calabasas High School

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CALABASAS (AP/CBS) — The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says its detectives have begun a hate crime investigation after swastikas and other anti-Semitic graffiti were found at a high school.

Lt. David Thompson of the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station said in a statement that maintenance workers on Saturday found the spray-painted words and symbols on doors, walls, sidewalks and a stop sign at Calabasas High School.

Captain Mike Parker of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau said “The graffiti included Nazi swastikas, words and symbols related to anti-Semitism, and teachers names.”

The workers called the sheriff’s station, and detectives there opened the investigation. There have been no arrests made or suspects named.

Sheriff’s deputies believe the vandalism occurred between 4 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday morning, Parker said, adding that the case is being treated as felony vandalism and hate crime.

Calabasas is a well-to-do city of about 20,000 people in the San Fernando Valley about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

Anyone with information on the vandalism is urged to contact Malibu/Lost Hills Station sheriff’s detectives at (818) 878-1808.

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