BOROUGH PARK, Brooklyn — Police are investigating a hate crime after anti-Semitic symbols were found carved onto several cars in Brooklyn on Wednesday.
Swastikas were found around 52nd Street and 16th Avenue in Borough Park, police said. The hate symbols were found etched on a passenger window of a 2017 Lexus and a 2015 Ford, authorities said.
Residents who spoke to PIX11 say they are shocked and upset over the incident. Hannah Wessel, a Holocaust survivor, recalls her family moving to the country during World War II, calling this incident horrible. "It's the most horrible thing that's possible to even imagine. I can't even talk about it," she said.
Borough Park is known to be a predominantly Jewish neighborhood and is home to one of the largest Orthodox Jewish communities outside Israel.
The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force was on scene investigating the incident. No arrests have been made.
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