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Plano police investigate possible hate crime

The Plano Police Department is investigating a possible hate crime in the Plano area. Racial slurs and biblical references were spray-painted on several cars and houses in the area near Independence Parkway and Parker Road.

NBC 5 reported that on December 29, resident Stephanie Cruz woke up to find that the shed behind her home had been broken into and tools and spray paint were missing. Upon further inspection, Cruz noticed that several cars and garage doors were mutilated with spray paint. Graffiti in the area contained numerous racial slurs and references to the Bible.

“The sun came up and we noticed that everything was marked,” Cruz said. “That was bad.”

Police have not identified the suspect, but a neighbor’s Ring camera captured a video showing a white teenager spray-painting the camera, but not before showing his face to the camera. NBC 5 released the video to the general public.

“The vandalism that did take place, unfortunately, involved racist slurs that were written on houses, cars and other property,” Detective Jerry Minton told NBC 5. “It doesn’t appear to be aimed at one specific person.”

Plano police told NBC 5 that the case is currently being treated as criminal mischief, but the charge will change if detectives decide the crime was hate-motivated. Local Profile contacted the Plano Police Department about how detectives would classify this crime as a hate crime and this story will be updated pending a response.

Police do not believe the suspect was pursuing one specific person, but will continue to investigate the incident. If you recognize the person in the video or have information about the crime, call the Plano Police Department at (972) 424-5678.

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