Swastikas spray painted in downtown Noblesville prompt investigation

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. – Police are investigating after swastikas were found spray painted in downtown Noblesville over the weekend.

The graffiti included a blue swastika and a curse word on the side of a building near Maple and 9th, a red swastika along with more profanity on a nearby retaining wall, and more blue swastikas on a trail.

“I know that they don’t represent the Noblesville community at all,” said Greg Richards, a Noblesville resident.

The graffiti found on the building was near the roof, suggesting it wasn’t a spur of the moment decision.

“It just shows these guys planned it out. It wasn’t spur of the moment,” said Josh Hammel, a Hamilton County resident.

Greg Richards calls the building home and to him what was painted is personally painful.

“I have an uncle who liberated Dachau concentration camp, I think somebody who would do this doesn’t understand the significance of that symbol,” said Richards.

By 4 p.m. Monday, the graffiti on the building was cleaned up. Now there are two patches of white bricks where the hateful symbol once was.

“I think it’s great that they were able to do it so quickly,” said Jake Winters, a Noblesville resident.

Last summer, about 25 miles away, anti-Semitic graffiti was found at a Carmel synagogue. Police did make an arrest in that case. FOX59 reached out to the Jewish Community Relations Council about this Noblesville incident. A spokesman said, “The Jewish Community Relations Council is once again appalled at the appearance of a Nazi swastika, a symbol of hate.”

“People that would use that symbol don’t understand the full meaning of it, the full impact of it,” said Richards.

Investigators want to know who painted the hateful messages and why.

“I think they’re needs to be consequences, so they don’t do it again,” said Hammel.

At last check, there are no suspects. Anyone with information is asked to call Noblesville police.

The City of Noblesville issued this statement Tuesday:

"Several areas in downtown Noblesville were vandalized this weekend with anti-Semitic graffiti. The city strongly condemns the actions of the cowards responsible for defacing these public areas. There is no place for this kind of hatred and ignorance. The city is working with the Noblesville Police Department to investigate, apprehend and hold accountable those responsible."

The Noblesville Diversity Coalition issued this statement:

"The Noblesville Diversity Coalition was angered by the recent anti-Semitic graffiti that defaced a building and other areas over the weekend. It’s important that we stand united as a community against such acts of hate, teach our youth the importance of respect for all cultures and religions – and celebrate the diversity that makes Noblesville a vibrant community."

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