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Suffolk police seek information on graffiti

The Suffolk County police hate crimes unit is offering a reward to anyone who helps identify and find those responsible for painting racially biased graffiti and carvings in parks in Halesite, Elwood, Commack, South Huntington and Smithtown this spring and summer.

"The graffiti consisted of, but was not limited to, racial words and symbols and sexually explicit words and drawings that were either spray painted or carved into the equipment, on buildings, and on the ground," the police said in a Tuesday alert.

The police on Tuesday released a Crime Stoppers alert with photographs of some of the graffiti, though they did not release photos of graffiti that may have expressed racial or ethnic hatred or animosity, police said.

The graffiti were painted from April 2 to July 17, police said.

The vandalism was found at Koster Park, on Engelke Avenue in South Huntington; Mill Dam Park, on Mill Dam Road in Halesite; Cedar Road Park, on Cedar Road in Commack; Commack Park, on Wicks Road in Elwood; Whitman Hollow Park, on Map Lane in Smithtown; and Burr Winkle Park, on Harvest Lane in Commack.

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to phone an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers at 800-220-TIPS.

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