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Two juveniles charged for vandalisms with swastikas

POTOMAC, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County police say they have charged two juveniles with three vandalism incidents in Potomac.

The first two vandalisms happened in the 11600 block of Seven Locks Road. At the Montgomery Child Care a swastika and the writing All Jews Burn was found on two buses. At the Young Israel of Potomac, police found a swastika drawn on the synagogue sign.

The third incident happened at a home in the 11100 block of Old Coach Road. A swastika and the letters SS were drawn on a windshield of a vehicle.

During the investigation, officers were able to get surveillance video showing the teens in these incidents. Police were able to identify the suspects with the help of a school resource officer.

During Friday afternoon's press conference, County Executive Isiah Leggett congratulated Chief Manger and his investigators for their work. "Their arrests in this recent series of hate-based crimes against members of our Jewish community and at some of our area synagogues. We strongly value diversity in Montgomery County and our partnership with our faith community. Hate-based acts and crimes will not be tolerated in Montgomery County."

The Chief manager described the crimes as, "Particularly ugly and hurtful acts of hate. He stated that, "These crimes will not be tolerated by our community or the police. Our gratitude goes out to Rabbi Singer and all of the members of his congregation for their support and assistance. I also thank Sgt. Rosario and his team for their investigation and arrests."

Rabbi Yosef Singer of Congregation Young Israel Ezras Israel of Potomac thanked the police department in saying, "We wish to express our profound gratitude to Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger and his staff for the hard work and professionalism they displayed in apprehending the perpetrators of the recent act of anti-Semitic vandalism committed against our synagogue and community. We are especially appreciative of their genuine concern for the sensitivities of the Jewish community. The quick and effective response of the MCPD show that these acts of hatred will not be tolerated."