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Vandals spray graffiti, including swastika, on Manna Ministries sign

Gabor Degre | BDN
Gabor Degre | BDN
The sign of Manna Ministries in Bangor, seen Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, was defaced over the weekend.
By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Employees at Manna Ministries on Main Street arrived at work Monday morning to discover their sign had been vandalized, and police are investigating.

Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said a Manna employee contacted police about 10 a.m. to report a swastika and an image of a hand had been spray-painted on the sign.

Manna director Bill Rae wasn’t too happy with the swastika, a Nazi symbol.

“We’re a faith-based group and here we have somebody who decided they’re going to defame our sign with a swastika,” he said. “Anything else I could tolerate, but not a swastika.”

Rae said Manna has “never ever had anything like this” occur in the 21 years it has been in operation.

“Hopefully it’s not in conjunction with what happened in the Midwest,” said Rae, referring to the massacre Sunday at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.

Rae said he “doesn’t have enough money to pay for a new sign,” and insurance won’t cover what happened to it.

No arrests have been made, Edwards said.

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