Spray-painted swastika discovered on Navy property in Warminster

Kim Glovas
October 30, 2018 - 3:43 pm
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WARMINSTER, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Warminster Township Police are looking for whoever spray-painted a swastika inside the fenced-in Shenandoah Woods. 

The area is owned by the Navy and has been cordoned off for a decade. 

Jason Croley, vice chair of the Warminster Township Board of Supervisors, said the swastika is located on a building inside the fenced-in compound, but he's heard people can get in. 

"We've heard stories that there are people squatting in there, especially when the weather gets cold and people would go into these abandoned townhouses and take shelter in there," he said.

The township is not allowed in without Navy approval. Croley hopes this graffiti is not as sinister as it appears.

"My hope is that it's kids trying to get a rise out of people," he said. It's especially offensive, he noted, because of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre that occurred just days earlier. "In light of what happened in Pittsburgh, and in light of how ethnically and religiously diverse Warminster and towns around us are, we don't want to take any chances. We want to make sure that whatever happened inside there is an isolated incident (and) is not the work of something more nefarious."

Croley said the township has asked the Navy to remove the graffiti.

In the meantime, Croley said he wants "people to know that this is not reflective of our community."

Anyone with information on who may have vandalized the property with a swastika is urged to call police.