Police Catch Swastika Suspect in Old Town

By: Josh Sidorowicz Email
By: Josh Sidorowicz Email

A 58-year-old man is in custody after Lansing police caught him painting a Swastika on the Old Town Temple, Saturday morning.

This is the sixth reported case like this and police believe the same man is responsible for each incident.

Undercover detectives arrested the man shortly before 4:30 a.m., Saturday morning. They were able to organize an undercover investigation with the help of several businesses in the surrounding area.

"Several business leaders rallied behind the owners of the temple club and assisted us in the operation with resources and also intelligence information," said Capt. Daryl Green, Lansing police.

Rick Preuss, the owner of Preuss Pets across the street from the temple said police used video from his store's surveillance cameras to catch the suspect.

"We were able to witness him on our cameras and see him in the act," Preuss said. "He was persistent and kept coming back."

Police said they are investigating the vandalism as a potential hate crime.

"We don't understand why someone would mar our neighborhood with such vile graffiti," Green said. "But I want to thank the community for assisting us in this operation, the community did not stand idly by and this happen."

Preuss said there's a lesson other neighborhoods could learn from this situation.

"We have to keep a better, more vigilant eye in our community," he said. "This is ridiculous stuff that we just need to stop."

The 58-year-old suspect is expected to be arraigned on Tuesday.


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