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Two Men Involved in Scourge of Brooklyn Swastikas, Cops Say

By Jess Wisloski | June 15, 2012 10:06pm

BOROUGH PARK — A swastika spray-painting spree that took place in Brooklyn early Friday morning, and which police were investigating as a hate crime, may come down to two men that were caught on video, cops say.

The NYPD released a video late Friday that shows two men leaving the scene of two separate locations where police found swastika images earlier that day.

Police say the painting started at 2:15 a.m., and a store owner who held one of the tapes said the spray paint at 4421 16th Avenue, which is Fischman's Food Center, a grocery store, was time-stamped at 2:43 am. The other taped incident was around the corner at 1605 46th Street, according to police.

The men in the images are believed to both be around 20 years old, one wearing black shorts, black shoes, glasses, and a light-colored hooded sweatshirt, and the other wearing light shorts, a T-shirt, and light colored baseball cap.

Councilman David G. Greenfield offered a $1,000 reward earlier in the day to anyone with information on the investigation, as residents in the bustling Orthodox community reeled with shock at what many felt was a frightening attack on one of Borough Park's main commercial strips.

"This is absolutely unacceptable, especially in an area that is home to so many Holocaust survivors," Greenfield said in a statement.

The other incidents occurred at 4609 16th Avenue, 1551 42nd Street, 4619 16th Avenue, and 4623 47th Street. In one case, a car parked outside of P.S. 223 was spray painted.