NORTH AMITYVILLE - A North Amityville man says he was heading off to work this morning when he discovered that his work van was covered with racist graffiti.

The man, who introduced himself as Ken, says the hardest part was telling his three kids what the words meant. He says their family moved into the neighborhood only a couple of months ago.

Neighbors say they have never seen something so offensive.

"People should not do that," says Ray Chambers. "Whether you are black, white, pink, or blue, all of us can co-exist."

Suffolk County's hate crime investigators are looking into the incident. Police say they're not aware of any racial tensions in the area and say it could have something to do with a disgruntled neighbor.

Authorities say for now, they're investigating it as criminal mischief, but it could be elevated to a hate crime.

Police are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.