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Police investigate possible hate crime in vandalism of car

Boise Police say this car was vandalized Thursday when someone scratched racist words into the paint of the vehicle, denting and scratching it. They are investigating it as malicious harassment and ask the public for any further information.
Boise Police say this car was vandalized Thursday when someone scratched racist words into the paint of the vehicle, denting and scratching it. They are investigating it as malicious harassment and ask the public for any further information.

Boise police say a car was vandalized Thursday when someone scratched racist words into the paint of the vehicle, while also denting and scratching it. The car was parked at a business near the intersection of 35th and State streets.

Police are investigating the case as possible malicious harassment, a crime that is defined as harassment based on a person’s race, color, nationality or religion – the existing hate crime statute in Idaho.

This is the second malicious harassment investigation for Boise police this week. On Tuesday, a Middle Eastern restaurant was vandalized when a suspect drew a swastika and anti-refugee words in chalk in front of the restaurant.

The restaurant, The Goodness Land, is at 6500 Overland Road, and on Friday community members were supporting the restaurant with positive messages.

Officers are asking anyone with any information about the vandalism to contact Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS (2677), www.343COPS.com, or leave a tip using the “P3 Tips” app for a mobile device.

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