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Police Release Surveillance Photos of Fraternity Vandals: Reward Hiked to $5,000

by on November 14, 2013 2:25 PM

State College Police want you to take a good look at these surveillance photos.

Investigators say the photos show a vile vandalism spree that targeted a Penn State fraternity.

Police are asking the public to help identify the perpetrators.

Video surveillance cameras behind Beta Sigma Beta, captured two college-aged men spray painting cars, a dumpster and a garage.

One of the images shows a man spray painting a swastika on the asphalt as his accomplice stands to the rear. The incident happened on Friday at approximately 3:45 a.m.

Police say they vandals targeted cars parked behind Beta Sigma Beta at 255 E. Fairmount Ave. and neighboring Delta Sigma Phi. The graffiti includes anti-Semitic slogans, swastikas, sexual pictures and graphic language.

Police say the graffiti was mainly aimed at Beta Sigma Beta. The fraternity's members are largely Jewish.

One of the suspects was wearing dark clothing. His accomplice was dressed in a light-colored jacket and blue jeans.

The State College Police Department, the Beta Sigma Beta Alumni Association, The Pennsylvania State University, and the Inter-fraternity Council (IFC) are offering a reward up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest and convictions of the men responsible for the vandalism.

Earlier this week, Penn State administrators issued a statement saying, "The recent hateful and offensive anti-Semitic vandalism directed toward Beta Sigma Beta fraternity is unacceptable in our community and should be unacceptable anywhere. Hateful behavior that feeds anxiety and division among us simply must not stand."

A news release from the State College Police Department says in part, "There should be no place for anti-Semitism or other hate or intolerance in our country, including the commission of such crimes in our wonderful town/gown community."

If you recognize the suspects or have any information you should contact State College Police at 814-234-7150. Anonymous tips can be sent online by clicking HERE.

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