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Racism may not have been motive

The Patriot Ledger
Posted Aug 18, 2008 @ 08:53 AM

Police have filed criminal complaints against four boys who allegedly broke into a garage in Squantum last month and painted swastikas.
Quincy Police Capt. John Dougan said that the four boys, all of them 14 or younger, will be summonsed to juvenile court and will be charged with defacing property.
The incident occurred on July 24 at a single-family home on Bellevue Road.
Homeowner Hannah Will said the four boys are neighbors and that they have cleaned up the damage. "They knew it was a bad thing and they were looking for a reaction. A family friend is Jewish, but those boys could not have known that," Will said.
The damage included broken windows and graffiti, including two swastikas painted on a wall and on the floor, Dougan said.
Although the incident was initially investigated as a possible hate crime, Dougan said that police no longer believe the property damage and spray-painting was motivated by bigotry.
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