Springfield, Mo. -- Springfield Police have connected two Springfield-area vandalism incidents involving eggs, spray paint and racial slurs, and have determined them to be pranks, not hate crimes.
Officers were dispatched to a Springfield home on March 25 after a resident reported sings of vandalism.
The victim had reported to police that a swastika was spray-painted on the front door of the home and that her car was also vandalized. The car had been egged, the front windshield was smashed and the exterior mirrors were damaged.
Police were also dispatched to a second residence for a separate vandalism that occurred during the same time frame as the incident at the first residence. The victims’ residence had been egged and racial slurs, a swastika and sexual images had been spray-painted on their vehicle. In the incident at the second residence, suspects caused more than $5,000 in property damages, which far exceeds the felony threshold.
Through follow-up investigation, police were able to connect four male suspects to the two cases. Suspects range in age from 18-21 and are acquainted with residents of the vandalized properties, police say. It has been determined that these cases were pranks and not racially-motivated hate crimes. The victims have been kept informed throughout the investigation.
Suspects have been interviewed by police, but no arrests have been made at this time.