NYPD finds possible clue in hate vandalism

Nov. 13, 2011 at 12:43 PM
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NEW YORK, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- New York prosecutors say they are checking more than a case of empty beer bottles for clues in an allegedly anti-Semitic vandalism spree in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes said Saturday police had recovered 27 discarded beer bottles believed to be linked to the suspects behind Friday's rampage in the heavily Jewish neighborhood of Midwood.

"Those will be tested for fingerprints as well as DNA," Hynes told reporters Saturday.

"I'm scared. Someone is trying to send our community a message," Midwood resident Sam Khaton, 58, told the New York Daily News.

The vandalism, which left three parked vehicles burned and anti-Semitic graffiti spray-painted on sidewalk and bus benches, occurred Friday, a day after the infamous "Kristallnacht" raids on Jewish businesses carried out by the Nazis in pre-war Germany.

The New York Post said police had stepped up patrols in Midwood and community leaders got together to hire private security guards to help keep an eye on things.

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