East Patchogue residents and hospital employees found Ku Klux Klan pamphlets on their vehicles early Christmas morning, Suffolk County police said.
Employees of Brookhaven Memorial Hospital called police about 1 a.m. Friday to report KKK materials had been left on vehicles in the hospital’s parking lot.
More were found on vehicles in the parking lot of a nearby Heatherwood apartment complex, police said.
Hate Crime Unit detectives were investigating but the incident does not appear criminal, a police spokesman said.
Long Island residents have reported dozens of KKK pamphlets appearing outside homes in Hampton Bays, Shirley and Babylon since July 2014.
A Hampton Bays man was arrested by Southampton Town police in April for attaching three KKK fliers to a Hampton Bays bank, but had denied involvement in any prior incidents. He was charged with illegally distributing a handbill but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of failing to maintain his property in August.