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Swastikas found spray painted inside synagogue

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RICHMOND HEIGHTS (KMOV.com) - Police said spray painted swastikas were found on the walls of a Richmond Heights synagogue, but the action is not being considered a hate crime.

Richmond Heights police told News 4 swastikas and other messages were painted on the walls of Brith Shalom Kneseth Israel on East Linden. Despite the swastikas, police do not believe it was a hate crime.

“We believe this was kids in the neighborhood, vandalism. There was no consistency of message or anything like that,” said Mitchell Shenker, the president of Kol Rina Congregation.

On one occasion, property managers caught three teens spray painting graffiti. Two were juveniles, the other suspect is 17. Brith Shalom's Kneseth's building is in operation, but is used sparingly since the congregation merged with Shaare Zedek in University City.

Shenker said the building is being protected and repairs are being made.

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