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Police seek those responsible for drawing swastikas in park in Oyster Bay

A coalition of interfaith religious leaders, Nassau County

A coalition of interfaith religious leaders, Nassau County Police Department officials and elected officials from State and County government joined Legislator Joshua Lafazan (Woodbury) to announce a reward of up to $20,000 for information leading to the indictment or arrest of those responsible for the defacement of Theodore Roosevelt Park in Oyster Bay with swastikas. Credit: Nassau County Legislature

Investigators are searching for whoever drew swastikas on a pavilion at Theodore Roosevelt Park in Oyster Bay.

Second Precinct officers found seven swastikas, about 10 inches long, had been drawn in purple marker on the pavilion, Nassau County police said. The incident occurred sometime between Wednesday and Thursday around 8:40 a.m., according to police.

The swastikas were first seen by Oyster Bay Town public safety officers, who alerted police, according to a news release from the town. There are two security cameras in the area and public safety officers are reviewing the footage, a town spokeswoman said.   

“This brazen act of vandalism is despicable, and unfortunately, not an isolated incident,” Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said in a statement issued Friday. “We will not tolerate it in Nassau, and we certainly will not look the other way. We will loudly condemn white supremacy in unequivocal terms so it never knows comfort in our communities.”

On Friday, Nassau County politicians announced a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Nassau County Crime Stoppers provided $5,000 and a coalition of local officials, religious leaders and private individuals offered the rest, Legis. Joshua Lafazan said.  

"Amidst the shock and sorrow of Thursday, there is something so special about living in a community where our Christian brothers and sisters, our Jewish brothers and sisters, and those of no faith at all, are speaking in a loud and unified voice to denounce all acts of intolerance and bigotry," Lafazan said in a statement. 

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino painted over the swastikas Thursday , according to the town spokeswoman.

Police asked anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

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