PEARL RIVER, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Authorities in Rockland County say a farm and garden center in Pearl River was defaced with anti-Semitic and vulgar graffiti over the weekend.
Orangetown police found swastikas and profanity spray-painted on the greenhouses at Van Houtan Farms.
Owner Jim Van Houtan said vandals also overturned potted plants, damaged sprinkler heads and cash registers and pulled down a flagpole. He said an American flag lay under muddy footprints.
“I’m assuming they’re young kids,” Van Houtan told WCBS 880’s Sean Adams. “Misguided, not knowing what they are doing, not very smart about things. I can’t comprehend getting enjoyment out of destruction.”
Police were investigating to determine if the vandalism was connected to a July 27 incident on Lincoln Avenue in which swastikas and racist epithets were spray-painted on vehicles whose tires also were slashed.
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