The Putnam County Sheriff's Office is investigating a possible hate crime that took place in the Village of Nelsonville.
A Jewish family building a home in the village, a hamlet of Cold Spring, found swastikas and hate speech spray-painted on the home's walls and at the construction site.
A spokesperson for the Putnam County Sheriff's Office confirmed the incident and said it is in the early stages of determining if the incident is a hate crime.
The incident took place just days after a deadly shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh that killed 11 people and injured more injured.
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-Cold Spring) said he, and the community, won’t let the hateful actions of one or more cowards intimidate the community.
“This took place within eyesight of my kids’ school, where good people from all walks of life bring our kids to learn tolerance and respect," Maloney said. "Hate has no home in Cold Spring, and the light of good people coming together will expose it."
“We will find the person or persons who did this, and they will be brought to swift justice. If you have any information about this crime, please contact the sheriff’s department or your local law enforcement agency. The sooner this criminal is caught, the better.”
The Sheriff's Office said it could not release many details so as not to endanger the investigation.
This is a developing story. Check back to Daily Voice for updates.
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