Swastikas painted at Long Island youth club investigated as hate crime

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PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- More than a dozen swastikas were spray-painted at a youth athletic club building in Nassau, and police said they're investigating the act as a hate crime.

The swastikas were discovered in the Port Washington Police Athletic League’s building on Main Street on Monday.

The swastikas were found throughout the clubhouse, including on walls, equipment, a ballpark tractor and elsewhere.

PAL Executive Director Rob Elkins told CBS New York that the vandals also painted a swastika on cards written by children.

“So disgraceful, so disheartening,” Elkins told the station. “It’s so painful. It’s awful. There’s just, there’s no room for this level of hatred, and especially against kids.”

Elkins believes the building was broken into on Sunday or Monday by vandals who pried open a backdoor.

An event is planned for Nov. 1 to bring the community together, Elkins said.

A GoFundMe has raised more than $20,000 as of Saturday.