The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are investigating multiple incidents of graffiti involving swastikas that were spray painted on and inside public buildings in Mount Forest, CTV News reported.
Police in the Wellington County town, located about 90 miles northwest of Toronto, have opened a mischief investigation into the acts. They believe the graffiti was drawn on the buildings over several days.
The OPP said that it was contacted after a group of individuals vandalized a bathroom at the Mount Forest and District Sports Complex on Jan. 4. The next day, they received a report that a group of individuals lit a fire with toilet paper and drew swastikas and other “vulgar rhetoric” on a bathroom wall at the complex.
Also on January 5, police received several more reports including that an unknown group of people carved swastikas into a wall while vandalizing the Mount Forest branch of the Wellington County Library.
On January 6, the OPP were contacted after the bathroom at a restaurant on Main Street South in Wellington was vandalized. Upon investigating, police found swastikas.
The OPP is treating the series of incidents as “possible hate motivated crimes.”
According to Global News, it is suspected that the same individuals were behind all the incidents.