Reward offered for information in hate crime

SACRAMENTO — The FBI is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for recent hate crimes.

Two incidents in particular are of concern to law enforcement. The first occurred on Nov. 10 at the Congregation Beth Shalom in the 4700 block of El Camino Avenue in Carmichael. The Jewish synagogue was the target of racist graffiti, a hate message, and an attempt to burn a sign bearing the congregation’s name, according to an FBI press release.

“Video footage from outside the synagogue captured the image of an individual dressed in all black spray painting the words ‘Kristallnact still lives,'” said Steve Dupre of the Sacramento FBI office. “This message pertains to the November 1938 attacks against Jews by Nazis in Germany and Austria.”

The second incident occurred Jan. 1 at Kenesset Israel Torah Center, 1165 Morse Ave. in Sacramento.

Someone spray painted satanic messages on the exterior walls of the center and racial epithets and two swastikas on the SMUD power box located at the edge of the property.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $2,500 and representatives from the Jewish Federation of the Sacramento region have also offered a reward, up to $1,500, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for these two acts.

Anyone with information regarding these two incidents is urged to contact the Sacramento FBI at 916-481-9110.

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