SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Springfield police say two incidents in which swastikas and racial slurs were painted on homes and cars were damaged were pranks, not hate crimes.
The city said in a news release Tuesday that on May 25, officers were called to two homes at about the same time. At one home, a swastika was painted on a door and the car was damaged. The second home was egged and racial slurs, swastikas and sexual images were spray-painted on the vehicle.
Police found four males suspects, ranging in age from 18 to 21, who knew the residents of the vandalized homes. Police says they determined the cases were pranks and not racially-motivated hate crimes.
The Greene County prosecutor is reviewing the cases and will determine if any charges will be filed.