MAHWAH, N.J. – Mahwah police were seeking the public’s help finding whomever painted a swastika on a boarded-up building that was once home to the Apple Ridge Country Club.
The “symbol of hate” was painted in red paint on the building’s east side on a sheet of plywood being used to cover up windows, Police Chief James N. Batelli told Daily Voice.
It wasn’t visible from East Crescent Avenue.
Clergy from throughout Mahwah joined Mayor William Laforet at a town hall news conference Tuesday to denounce the act.
“Our collective mission is to stand up against hateful acts in our community and across the nation in a certain and timely way. Speaking as one voice clergy, community and elected officials,” Laforet said. “We are a diverse community who cherishes our community and religious institutions.”
The symbol was painted over soon after it was discovered, Batelli said.
The building has been vacant since the contents were auctioned off on New Year’s Day 2016 after Apple Ridge formally closed its doors the day before.
It’s been vandalized several times – including last year, when police investigated graffiti and different phrases painted on it.
The land was bought for $10 million in 2014 by two ownership groups and will be the future site of nearly thre dozen single-family homes on property that’s in Mahwah.
Anyone with information that could help catch whomever was responsible is asked to call Mahwah police: (201) 529-1000 . Or: firstname.lastname@example.org .
“All information received will be confidential,” the chief said.
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