Police: 3 swastikas found scratched into playground equipment at a park in Cedarhurst
Three swastikas were found scratched into playground equipment Sunday night at a park in Cedarhurst, police say.
Authorities say a man walking through the park located at 235 Cedarhurst Ave. noticed the swastikas scratched into playground equipment.
They say the etchings were approximately 5 inches by 5 inches in size.
Cedarhurst Mayor Benjamin Weinstock told News 12 that the camera surveillance system at the park is being upgraded because of the swastikas that were found.
He says the surveillance video that was checked does not show anyone drawing the swastikas and they do not know when it happened.
Weinstock, who is also the son and grandson of Holocaust survivors, says they will find whoever drew the hateful symbols.
"If it was intended by someone as an insult, it achieved its goal, but they should understand that they will be found and they will be prosecuted because if it ever happens again, we'll certainly be able to identify who it is," Weinstock says.
The mayor also says that the village is in the process of removing the symbols of hate. They should all be removed by Tuesday.
Nassau County police are investigating the crime as a bias incident. Anyone with information is asked to call Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.