Palo Alto police are seeking the perpetrator of a pair of hate crimes after a dental office and a car were spray painted with racial and ethnic slurs on May 2 or 3.
The two incidents occurred in the 900 block of High Street between Channing and Homer avenues. An employee at the dental building called police after discovering a racial slur and a cuss word on a window and an outside wall, Sgt. Sal Madrigal said. The incident is believed to have occurred between May 2 at 11 p.m. and May 3 at 6:45 a.m. No one who works at or owns the business is of the targeted race, he said.
An officer investigating the crime discovered that a white Dodge van parked in a lot in the same block had been sprayed with an orange swastika and an upside-down question mark. That incident is believed to have occurred between May 2 at 6 p.m. and May 3 at 6:45 a.m., Madrigal said.
In the first incident, damage is estimated at $100; the vehicle sustained about $300 in damages, he said.
Anyone with information about the crimes is asked to call the 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413, leave an anonymous tip at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by text message or voice mail at 650-383-8984.