Police: Synagogue in Newtown Subject of Hateful Vandalism
A synagogue in Newtown is the subject of an investigation after police say anti-semitic graffiti was found on the building.
According to the Newtown Police Department, an officer discovered the graffiti painted on the front and side walls of Adath Israel Synagogue on Huntington Road while performing a routine building check on Saturday morning (August 24).
Members of Newtown's Public Works Department have removed the graffiti and repainted the damaged areas, and police say that they are working with the synagogue's officials to insure safety and address any concerns.
Newtown Police Chief James Viadero has been in contact with the Anti-Defamation League regarding the matter and they have reportedly offered a reward of up to $2,500 for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for the disturbing crime.
In an official statement, Lt. Aaron Bahamonde said, "As an agency, we are extremely disturbed at this act of defacing a house of worship, in particular the meaning and symbolism painted on the walls of the synagogue espouse hatred which is not indicative of this community. This serious hate crime will be given the full attention of this agency, while utilizing other law enforcement resources to determine the identity of those responsible. The congregation has been insured that enhanced patrols will continue in the area and that there will be a police presence during scheduled services."
First Selectman Dan Rosenthal also commented on the incident," This morning, I viewed the hateful desecration of Congregation Adath Israel with sadness. The congregants of Adath Israel have contributed to the fabric of this community immeasurably for over 100 years. Newtown has always been a place where people of all religions are welcome and have worked together hand in hand to build a better community and the hateful actions of an individual or individuals will not change that. I look forward to personally asking the courts to offer no leniency when the vile individual is apprehended."
Anyone with information on this crime or who may be responsible is asked to contact the Newtown Police Department immediately at 203-270-4255.