RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- The Anti-Defamation League announced that it is offering a $2,000 reward for information related to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for recent swastika graffiti located found in Ridgefield.
Earlier this month, Ridgefield Police received reports of five swastikas discovered drawn outside the Masonic Lodge and the Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield. Police believe that the swastikas were drawn by the same person. In recent months, swastikas have also been discovered at Ridgefield High School on multiple occasions, as well as at Ballard Park.
The ADL is now offering a reward to help bring those responsible to justice.
"We hope this reward facilitates the quick apprehension of whoever is behind this upsetting outbreak of swastika and hateful vandalism in Ridgefield," said Steve Ginsburg, ADL Connecticut Regional Director. "We commend the Ridgefield Police Department for investigating these hateful acts and First Selectman Marconi for his support. We cannot allow this despicable hateful vandalism to go unchecked in Ridgefield, or anywhere else."
ADL has previously led a program entitled "Strengthening the Bonds of Our Community," which was attended by 50 Ridgefield town leaders, including town department heads, members of the Board of Selectmen, the Board of Education and the Board of Finance, as well as school principals and the superintendent. ADL also conducted a World of Difference education program at Ridgefield High School.
In the first three quarters of 2017 ADL recorded 13 incidents of anti-Semitic vandalism across Connecticut, as well as a 106 percent increase in anti-Semitic incidents statewide.
Anyone with information about the vandalism is encouraged to call Detective Tom Dardis and Police Officer Anthony McMahon at (203) 438-6531.
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