Swastika painted on Nanaimo business, RCMP seek suspect

Swastika painted on Nanaimo business, RCMP seek suspect
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Mounties in Nanaimo are searching for a person accused of painting a large red swastika on the front window of a business last week.

The vandalism occurred sometime overnight Thursday, Oct. 14, Nanaimo RCMP said in a news release.

It was discovered by employees the next morning who reported the offensive image, took a picture and then immediately removed it.

The business then discovered security cameras managed to capture an image of a person who allegedly painted the swastika.

“This person is possibly female and has distinctive bright orange hair. The individual was wearing a blue puffy jacket and white pants. A yellow backpack was seen lying on the ground next to where the suspect was standing,” RCMP said.

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A similar swastika was found drawn in cement near Cameron Island on Wednesday, Oct. 13, in what police are calling a possibly related incident. No suspects have been identified in that case.

“Bcause of what these images represent, we will not be showing the images to the public,” said Const. Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP

Anyone with information on the identity of the person in the photo is asked to call RCMP at 250-754-2345 and quote file number 2021-38490.


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