Police investigate several acts of vandalism in Hopkinton

HOPKINTON, MASS. (WHDH) - Hopkinton police are searching for a suspect responsible for several acts of vandalism in the area.

According to police, officers responded Thursday to a report of a swastika and the word “Jew” painted on a traffic safety sign on North Mill Street. Police said the two signs occupying the same post were spray painted in orange paint.

When other officers checked the neighboring area to identify any suspects and locate other acts of vandalism, they found a nonreligious biased profane word was discovered on a driveway on Ash Street. According to police, the paint used was similar to that used on the traffic signs.

After speaking with a resident of the home, police determined the driveway was painted overnight and then discovered Thursday around 8:00 a.m. by the homeowner.

Later on Thursday afternoon, a resident reported finding the number “666” written on a piece of paper on pond Street. The paper was marked with what appeared to be a red marker, and was found at the side of the road under a rock.

Police said there is no evidence that suggests anyone is being individually targeted based on religious beliefs.

Police are working with local synagogues and the AntiDefamation League, and are asking anyone with any information related to the incidents to contact them.

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