FBI joins police to investigate Yorktown vandalism as possible hate crimePosted: Updated:
The FBI is joining police in the investigation of a string of vandalism at multiple Yorktown properties and houses of worship.
Yorktown police believe they have identified the car used by the suspect or suspects in the string of vandalism over the weekend – and have released a photo.
They say a black four-door sedan was spotted leaving the John C. Hart Memorial Library after 11 p.m. Friday.
As officials continue to investigate the multiple acts of vandalism from late Friday night into Saturday morning, a new target has popped up.
Police say a 4-foot menorah at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Mohegan Lake was knocked down, adding to the growing list of places that suffered damage.
"We are investigating this as a hate crime because the houses of worship were targeted and the religious symbols were also targeted," says Chief Robert Noble, of Yorktown Police Department.
Police believe the suspect or suspects began at the Episcopal church before going east toward the library and then south to the other targets.
In total, a menorah was knocked down at the church in Mohegan Lake, as well as one at Veterans Park. The doors were smashed at the Yorktown Stage. Windows were broken at both the St. Patrick's Old Stone Church and the First Presbyterian Church sanctuary, as well as at the Hart Library.
Law enforcement is ramping up its patrols all across the town, but said there are no other credible threats at this time.
The Yorktown Town Board will officially condemn the acts at its meeting on Tuesday night. Faith leaders are also expected to have a private meeting with elected officials to discuss safety.