Swastikas Spray Painted on Car in Mineola


Nassau County police are investigating an incident in which two swastikas were spray painted on a parked vehicle in Mineola on Monday night, authorities said.

Officers responded to the incident at a public parking garage at the corner of Main Street and First Street, where they found the vehicle to have swastikas spray painted on the driver’s side and passenger’s side doors at 9:40 p.m., police said.

The incident is the latest in a string of reports of swastikas found on Long Island in recent months. A swastika made of Silly String was found on a sidewalk in Jericho last week, two swastikas were found spray painted in a park in Massapequa last month, a 20-foot swastika was found dug into a Levittown ball field in December and that same month a Nassau Community College student was arrested for drawing swastikas around campus.

And in late November, swastikas were found spray painted along with the message “Make America White Again,” a play on President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, on a sidewalk in Mineola.

Under New York State law, swastika graffiti is considered aggravated first-degree harassment punishable by up to four years in prison and $5,000 in fines, plus restitution.

Third Squad detectives request anyone with information regarding this crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.  All callers will remain anonymous.