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Vandals deface Temple


Boca Raton, FL – On Monday, February 15, at just before 10:00 p.m., a Boca Raton Police Services Department officer was patrolling in the area of Temple Beth El, 333 SW 4th Avenue, when he heard an alarm sounding from the Temple.

The officer met with members of the Boca Raton Fire Department, who responded to a fire alarm which was coming from the education center. The fire captain told the officer they had been out to the Temple several hours earlier for a pulled fire alarm and this time they saw damage to several bathroom doors that hadn't been there earlier. 

The damage to the bathroom doors consisted of a swastika, “KKK”, “Hail Hitler”, and ”Nigger,” all scratched into the paint.  Several chairs were broken when they were thrown from a third floor walkway and four vases were broken at the mausoleum.

This is case is being investigated as a hate crime.  If anyone has information about this crime, they are asked to call Detective Scott Hanley at (561) 338-1344 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.