Boca Raton police: Synagogue vandalism a hate crime

| February 16, 2010

BOCA RATON – Boca Raton police on Tuesday were investigating the vandalism of a Boca Raton synagogue as a hate crime after burglars broke in, damaged property and left behind anti-Semitic and racist messages.

Firefighters responding to a fire alarm around 10 p.m. Monday at Temple Beth El in the 300 block of Southwest Fourth Avenue found damage throughout the synagogue, said Officer Sandra Boonenberg, spokeswoman for the Boca Raton Police Department. Chairs were broken, four vases at the mausoleum were broken.

They also found several messages carved into doors in the temple's bathroom: a swastika, " KKK," "Hail Hitler" and the N-word.

Boonenberg said firefighters responded to at least one other fire alarm earlier on Monday.

Police are asking anyone with information about the vandalism to call Detective Scott Hanley at 561-338-1344 or Crime Stoppers at 800-458-8477.

Brian Haas can be reached at [email protected] or 561-243-6633.,0,4287114.story

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