June 23, 2018
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Police investigating swastika graffiti on Stockton Springs church

Contributed photo | BDN
Contributed photo | BDN
Unknown vandals painted multiple swastikas sometime Monday night outside of Stockton Springs Community Church.
By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

STOCKTON SPRINGS, Maine — Police are investigating the spray-painting of several swastikas that happened sometime Monday night at Stockton Springs Community Church.

Mary Jane Costigan, a church member, said that she was at the town office on Tuesday morning when someone told her about the vandalism.

“It was really quite a shock,” she said. “Everybody was shocked and dismayed and angry. You don’t know what it is — is it a hate crime, or is it just kids’ vandalism? I don’t know. We’ve never had something like that before.”

She said there is a large blue swastika painted over the church’s double front doors, one on an outside sign that urged people to vote on Election Day, and a smaller, fainter swastika on the sign that bears the church’s name.

Waldo County Sheriff’s Deputy Ben Seekins noticed the blue Nazi symbol while driving by the downtown church Tuesday morning, according to Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton. He is investigating the criminal mischief.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office at 338-2040.

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