Vandals Tag Racist Graffiti Throughout Chesco Neighborhood

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Vandals spray-painted crude and racist graffiti at several locations in Coatesville, Chester County, sometime early Tuesday, damaging a storefront, a Mercedes Benz and a garage.

Nazi symbols, including swastikas, and racist language were tagged in red graffiti in the West End neighborhood of the small city, as well as a few other locations leading into neighboring Valley Township, police Cpl. Shawn Dowds said Wednesday.

The hate symbols also included references to other Neo-Nazi and white supremacist ideology, which has sprung up across the country in recent months. The vandalism also comes a little over a week after the violent racist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Coatesville police are investigating if there are any links between Charlottesville and the graffiti, Dowds said.

“The initial question is whether this is a copy cat linked to Charlottesville,” he said, adding that no arrests have been made.

Police first responded about 7:45 a.m. Monday to a report of racist graffiti on a wall of the Valley Mart, a convenience store at Strode and Valley roads. As officers were at that location, Dowds said another officer found the luxury car tagged with the same racist messaging three blocks away on South Church Street.

Farther west in the 800 block of Madison Street, the vandals tagged a garage door with a large swastika and more racist symbols, Dowds said.

“The Anti-Defamation League called and said how it looks like someone who has been educated on this stuff,” Dowds said of the symbols, which included numbers related to Neo-Nazi messaging.

Still, he said, police aren’t ruling anything out — including racist novices simply looking to cause a stir in the aftermath of Charlottesville.

“It’s a shame. This went all the way into Valley Township, with graffiti on a few stops signs,” Dowds said.

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