SAN DIMAS, Calif. – Three teen boys were arrested for swastikas burned throughout the neighborhood.
On Friday, April 5, 2019, a homeowner in the 1400 block of Greenhaven Street in the City of San Dimas noticed a swastika burned into the artificial turf of his front lawn with either a chemical or a flame. Later that day, deputies found similar swastikas burned on the surface of the asphalt roadway nearby on Valley Center Street in Covina.
Again on Sunday, April 7, 2019, a similar swastika was found burned onto the the street in the 1200 block of Stratford Lane, San Dimas. Three small brush fires to the north of 801 W. Covina Boulevard in San Dimas, and that a security camera there had been vandalized in this time frame authorities said. Through investigation it was learned that there were three teen boys, ages 13 and 14 in the area during the late hours of the night when the crimes occurred.
On Monday, April 8, 2019, the boys were located in the City of San Dimas and were identified as a 14-year-old from Long Beach, a 13-year-old boy from Covina, and a 13-year-old boy from Hemet. On April 8, 2019, a search warrant was served in order to collect additional evidence. Cigarette lighters and flammable aerosol cans were learned to be what was used to start the fires. “Statements from witnesses and the boys themselves, evidence, and video from security cameras connected the three boys to these crimes,” San Dimas Sheriff officials said. “Potential charges include those related to Arson, Hate Crimes, and Vandalism.”
It is unknown why the boys burned the swastikas into the yard and streets, but the acts were not directed to a particular person. “The facts of the investigation will be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office for filing consideration. The three juveniles were transported to a Los Angeles County juvenile hall.”
Anyone having information regarding these crimes is urged to call investigators at (909)450-2700. Or if you wish to remain Anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website http:// lacrimestoppers.org.
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