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Penn State Fraternity Targeted by Anti-Semitic Graffiti

by on November 09, 2013 7:10 AM

The State College Police Department is offering up to a $1,000 reward for information after a graffiti spree that targeted a Penn State fraternity.

It happened Thursday night in the area near the Beta Sigma Beta fraternity, 255 E. Fairmount Ave. and neighboring Delta Sigma Phi, 508 Locust Lane.

Somebody spray painted slogans, swastikas, and sexual comments on a dozen cars. A garage and a dumpster were also smeared with paint.

According to investigators many of the derogatory remarks "were targeted towards the Beta Sigma Beta fraternity."

Members of Beta Sigma Beta say this isn't the first time they've been victims of vandalism. Last year, someone smashed the side view mirrors on several cars. A few days ago, cars parked outside the fraternity were sprayed with a fire extinguisher.

Fraternity member David Hollander says fraternity houses are always pulling pranks. He says, "That doesn't bother me. I don't think it bothers most people which is why the police are rarely called."

But this latest incident crossed the line. "Last night we thought it went too far," says Hollander. "We called the cops and we'll see what comes of it," he says, adding, "It's terrible."

Still Hollander doesn't believe this is "fully a hate crime." Hollander thinks the graffiti is probably the work of somebody who just doesn't like his fraternity, calling it, "a shallow attempt to get us angry."

If you have any information about this incident you're asked to call State College police at 814-234-7150. You can submit an anonymous tip by clicking HERE.

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