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Saugus: HOA structures vandalized with anti-Semitic symbols

Crime under investigation as felony vandalism and ‘hate incident’

Posted: May 13, 2013 1:38 p.m.
Updated: May 13, 2013 1:38 p.m.

Swastikas are visible on a shade structure near a pond at the Tesoro Del Valle recreation center as seen from Stoney Creek Drive on Monday. Signal photo by Jonathan Pobre

Vandals defaced HOA complex structures with racist slogans and anti-Semitic symbols during the weekend in Saugus, prompting a probe by local sheriff’s detectives, a manager for the property said Monday.

At least 20 separate acts of graffiti vandalism depicting swastikas and the words “white power” were found on the outside of several Tesoro Del Valle Recreation Center and Clubhouse buildings, including a gazebo that can be seen from Stoney Creek Drive near Avenida Rancho Tesoro, said Shuana Gatlin of Euclid Management.

“We filed a police report with the (Santa Clarita Valley) Sheriff’s Station,” Gatlin said.

Gatlin said deputies told her a detective would be assigned to investigate the incident.

Detectives are treating the crime as felony vandalism and a “hate incident,” said Deputy Josh Dubin. Property damage was estimated at more than $400.

Vandals are believed to have struck between 11 p.m. and 11:45 p.m. Saturday, Dubin said.

At least one Tesoro resident was horrified at the act.

“I would like to see the perpetrators apprehended and prosecuted,” said Isaac Lieberman, who lives in Tesoro.

He said he was relieved his parents hadn’t planned to visit him in the Santa Clarita Valley for Mother’s Day.

“It would have been horrible,” he said. “But it must be the same for other families celebrating Mother’s Day (at home).”

The swastika — an equilateral cross with four arms bent at 90 degrees — was adopted as a symbol of the Nazi Party and white  supremacists. It is commonly associated with Nazism and other anti-Semitic ideologies.
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