UPDATED: May 10, 2014 11:39 a.m.
LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — A 16- and 17-year-old have been arrested and charged with three acts of vandalism that included the drawing of swastikas in Rockville and Potomac last month.
During the course of the investigation, detectives were able to obtain surveillance video of the suspects in the act, police say. With the help of a school resource officer, the teens were identified as students at a local high school.
The incidents occurred between April 18 and April 21 at the Montgomery Child Care Association, a synagogue and at a private residence on Old Coach Road.
Swastikas were drawn in all three instances, and in one case, the words “All Jews Burn” were written.
Police believe the suspects are also responsible for a number of the other vandalism incidents that occurred in April.
Montgomery County Chief of Police J. Thomas Manger described the crimes as “particularly ugly and hurtful acts of hate.”
“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,” Rabbi Yosef Singer of Congregation Young Israel Ezras Israel of Potomac said Friday.
“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.”
The teens were charged as juveniles. Their names were not released and they were released to the custody of their parents.
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