The Nanaimo RCMP has launched an investigation after an unidentified person spray painted a large red swastika on the front window of a central Nanaimo business sometime overnight on Oct. 14.
When employees arrived for work in the morning, they reported the vandalism to the police. They also removed the graffiti after taking a photo, RCMP said. Later in the day, the business notified the police their security cameras were able to obtain an image of the person who vandalized the building.
“This person is possibly female and has distinctive bright orange hair. The individual was wearing a blue puffy jacket and white pants,” reads a release from RCMP. A yellow backpack was also seen lying on the ground next to where the suspect was standing.
Police said they believe the incident may be related to another instance where a swastika was found drawn in cement near the Cameron Island buildings.
“Because of what these images represent, we will not be showing the images to the public,” said Const. Gary O’Brien.
Anyone with information on the identity of the person in the photo can contact the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file #2021-38490.