West Van graffiti spree may be hate crime, say police

West Vancouver police are investigating a possible hate crime after racist graffiti was strewn over two cars, lampposts and mailboxes in a British Properties neighbourhood earlier this week.

Using red and blue spray paint, a vandal wrote hateful words and left a trail of obscenity between Chippendale Road and Camwell Drive with stops at Westhill Drive and Camridge Road in the area west of Sentinel Secondary.

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The spree, which police believe took place between 4 p.m. Monday and 4:30 a.m. the following morning, likely caused approximately $7,000 in damage, according to West Vancouver Police Department spokesman Const. Kevin Goodmurphy.

Calling the incident “shocking,” Goodmurphy requested anyone with information come forward.

Surveillance footage recorded during the approximately 12-hour window could be “extremely helpful” to police, Goodmurphy said, adding that officers will be canvassing the area. If a neighbour spotted red or blue paint on someone’s hands, “We’d like to hear about that as well,” Goodmurphy added.

Citing the “sensitive nature” of the words used, Goodmurphy did not specify what was written.

“We don’t want to perpetuate the impact on anybody else by repeating the language,” he said.

West Vancouver police have contacted the B.C. Hate Crimes Team. There is no indication the graffiti is part of a trend, Goodmurhpy said.

Police are asking anyone with information to call WVPD at 604-925-7300 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.

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