Vandals spray swastika on sign for synagogue in Hyannis

Police are searching for multiple suspects who went on a spray-painting spree in Hyannis early today and left a backwards swastika on a sign for a synagogue.

Besides the swastika, the suspects also painted swirls and designs on two auto parts stores on Winter Street as well as in a rest area off Route 6 between Exits 7 and 8, said Hyannis Police Sergeant Sean Sweeney. Police believe the vandalism occurred around 3 a.m. Friday.

The other painted images included references to marijuana as well as demands that Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end facing murder charges, be freed from jail, Sweeney said.

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“It’s more than likely it’s young kids,” Sweeney said about the vandals. “I don’t think they were targeting anything specifically. It seems they were just on a vandalism spree.”

The vandals used black, green, and red spray paint, and Sweeney said the synagogue, Cape Cod Synagogue, located at 145 Winter St., received the least amount of paint of the tagged buildings.

Most of the paint has been removed, he said.

Sweeney said the likely charges the suspects could face include vandalism and malicious destruction of property.