Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Tires slashed on 11 cars in Brooklyn could be anti-Jewish hate crime 

Cops are investigating the slashing of tires on 11 cars in Brooklyn over the weekend as an anti-Semitic hate crime, officials said Monday.

The tires of the cars are believed to have been slashed Friday night into Saturday morning on the 600 block of Lefferts Ave. near Albany Ave. outside a Jewish senior center in Crown Heights, officials said.

On Saturday at about 11 p.m., a 62-year-old man noticed the tires of his car were cut and reported it to police, officials said.

Cops then found the other damaged cars, officials said. Police could not immediately say what the vandal used to slash the tires.

Police did not find any anti-Semitic statements on the cars, but the NYPD's Hate Crime Task Force is investigating.

No one has been arrested. The Crown Heights Shomrim community patrol located a video showing a man in a gray jacket who may be responsible.

"The video shows the guy walking on the block, but doesn't show the guy slashing tires," a Shomrim official said. "Right now, he's just a person of interest."

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