By Danny Schrafel
Suffolk County Hate Crimes detectives are on the hunt for whoever is responsible for drawing two swastikas on a telephone pole in Lloyd Harbor Wednesday morning.
Suffolk County police said the symbols of were discovered scrawled in red marker on a telephone pole along the access road to West Neck Beach and the Lloyd Harbor Village Park off of West Neck Road between 6 and 10 a.m. July 8.
“The telephone pole is not in front of a residence so police do not believe it is targeted, or related to any other previous case we are currently investigating,” a police spokeswoman said Friday.
Lloyd Harbor police Sergeant Larry Migliore said the case is being investigated as a hate incident, not a hate crime.
“We have no complainant and it does not seem to be aimed at anyone in particular,” he said of the distinction. “That being said, we did have the Hate Crimes division from Suffolk County come out, and they are investigating it.”
Lloyd Harbor highway department workers were called in to quickly remove the “distasteful” graffiti, Migliore said.
Anyone with information on the case can call Suffolk County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS (8477).