Police investigating hate crime at Toronto home

A Toronto residence is the focus of a hate crime investigation after a family discovered their garage had been defaced with hate symbols and threatening messages.

Police were called Thursday morning to a residence belonging to an Orthodox Jewish family with several young children.

The woman, who has asked not to be identified, told CTV News Friday that her husband noticed a large swastika and hate message scrawled on their garage door when he went to take out the garbage.

The family soon realized the perpetrators had also entered the unlocked garage, defacing their property even further with threatening messages and more swastikas — one was drawn on a child’s high chair.

“We feel terribly violated,” the woman said in an interview Friday. “The first time it was on the window of a car that was right at the front of the driveway, now it was already making their way into my property.”

The woman said it’s the second time in weeks their property has been targeted. The couple found a swastika drawn on the inside window of their car, which had been left unlocked overnight.

After seeing the vandalism, the family called police. Officers canvassed the neighbourhood and collected evidence on Friday.

“We treat this very seriously and we want to catch these people and put them behind bars,” said Sgt. Lawrence Sager.

Avi Benlolo, the president of the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre for Holocaust Studies, also visited the home today to…

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