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West Shore RCMP says alcohol is believed a factor after three men were arrested for carving a swastika into pavement in Colwood.

Police received a call at 8:20 p.m. Thursday night from a witness who saw the men use a cement saw to carve the pavement at the lagoon on Ocean Boulevard.

West Shore RCMP says witnesses saw three men using a cement saw to carve the pavement at the lagoon on Ocean Blvd in Colwood. Officers found the three on scene and found the carving was in the shape of a swastika. Photo courtesy West Shore RCMP.
When officers responded the men were still at the scene and police found they had carved a swastika.

The RCMP says all three suspects were arrested for mischief under $5,000.

“After being informed of the seriousness of the crime, the suspects told the officers they realized the error of their ways and apologized for the damage they caused,” West Shore RCMP media relations officer Cst. Nancy Saggar said in a statement.

Saggar added all three suspects had been drinking.

All three were released with a promise to appear in court.

West Shore RCMP is thanking the witness for alerting police.