Vandal carves swastikas into several Cornwall cars

In this provided photo, a swastika is carved into the hood of a car on York Street in Cornwall, Ont. on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Police say they have had 11 separate reports of vandalism and are looking for a suspect. (Supplied via Newswatch Group)

CORNWALL – Police are looking for a person suspected of carving swastikas into the paint of several vehicles on some Cornwall streets.

The Cornwall Police Service says the suspect has a tall, thin build and was wearing a dark olive or brown coat with a light-coloured hoodie underneath. They have no pictures or surveillance photos of him.

Cars on Pitt Street, Fourth Street West, York Street and Augustus Street were targeted sometime between midnight and 3 a.m. on Tuesday.

At this point there are 11 separate reports of vandalism, police spokesman Stephanie MacRae told Cornwall Newswatch.

“The Criminal Investigation Division has taken over the investigation, and at this point in time do not believe this to be a hate crime,” she told Newswatch.

“It’s very upsetting,” one York Street car owner said. Many victims will have to go through insurance to have their paint repaired, in some cases forking out hundreds of dollars for the deductible.

Anyone with information on this crime should call Const. Matt Dupuis at 613-933-5000 extension 2755.