Swastikas Found in Milford Neighborhood

Police are searching for the person who painted several swastikas in a Milford neighborhood.

The swastikas were found Monday morning, the first full day of Hanukkah, in an area near Woodland Drive.

A tree, a street sign and a crosswalk were all vandalized with the Nazi symbol, according to police.

Police said there does not appear to be a direct target, but they are increasing their patrols in the neighborhood.

"Police are out investigating it as an act of violence with a hate message," Milford Police Officer Michael DeVito said.

Investigators believe the swastikas were painted sometime overnight.  Officers have already tried to clean up what was a black swastika found on a tree on Woodland Drive.

Neighbors said it was a troubling sight, especially at a time when many in the community are just now beginning to celebrate the season.

“It affects a lot of people and it's very hateful," Brittney Alves said. "It's a very hateful thing to do.”

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