The Nanaimo RCMP is looking for a single suspect who is believed to have spray painted a large red swastika on the window of a central Nanaimo business last week.
Company personnel reported to work on Friday, October 15, to find that someone had painted their store overnight with the offending symbol, police said in a press release Friday.
“They immediately reported him to the police,” the statement said. “After taking a photo and making sure the police saw her, they proceeded to remove all traces of her.”
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Security footage captured the suspect, who is described as “possibly a woman” with “distinctive bright orange hair.” They were wearing a puffy blue jacket and white pants, and they were standing near a yellow backpack.
Nanaimo RCMP said it would not distribute a photo of the graffiti, due to “what these images represent.”
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It is the second such incident in the region this month.
On October 13, another swastika drawn in cement was found in the Cameron Island area. No suspect was identified, but police said he was “possibly related” to the Oct. 14 vandalism.
The Mounties are asking anyone with information about the incident or anyone who can identify the person in the photo to contact their non-emergency line at 250-754-2345 and refer to file number 2021-38490.
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