N. Carolina Jewish Family Target of 3 Vandalism Hate Crimes

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -

Police have ramped up patrols following three hate crimes targeting one Jewish family in North Carolina.

The Charlotte Observer reports that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has increased foot and bike patrols, alerted federal law enforcement, conducted “zone checks” around synagogues in the city and is organizing a community meeting as a result of the crimes, which took place during the ongoing Yamim Nora’im.

Maj. Gerald Smith says Ronald Gale and Traci Kendrick found a swastika on their back door last Thursday, after returning home from Rosh Hashanah tefillos. On Shabbos, they found the words “see you” on a window screen, and on Monday, “White Power” was found on a bathroom wall near their community’s workout room. Smith says police believe the words were intended for the family.