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Vandals draw hate messages in Delmar

Although some of the messages were more innocuous, such as the smiley face and "MO" spray-painted onto one McGuffey home, one home had a message written on its garage door that read "You are a [expletive]." On the side of the same home, a homosexual slur was spray painted next to another German swastika. A penis was drawn across the garage doors of another nearby home, according to police reports.

Bethlehem police said they found a number of penises drawn onto the elementary school along with the word "Giles" on the side of the building. With the assistance of a school maintenance worker, officers also discovered a can of red spray paint on the roof of the school, which they believe was used in the crimes.

Property damage estimates are still coming in from homeowners in the area, according to police, but they have listed a preliminary damage report of $2,900. The Bethlehem Police Department has its youth bureau working on the investigation and is working with the Bethlehem School District and its resource officers.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding the vandalism to call 439-9973.""

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