Vandalism investigated as a hate crime in San Joaquin County

A small San Joaquin County community is trying to make sense of what sheriff’s officials are calling a hate crime discovered in a residential neighborhood Wednesday.

“Hate has no place in our community and we, and residents in Woodbridge, need your help to stamp it out,” San Joaquin County sheriff’s officials wrote in a press release Wednesday afternoon.

Neighbors told deputies at least 10 homes were tagged with hateful graffiti in two separate incidents in the past week, deputies said.

The homes were on Indiana, Mokelumne and Lilac streets.

The first batch of vulgar spray-painted messages popped up Sunday night and then again Tuesday night, deputies said.

In addition to the homes, a car and a wall near the front gate was vandalized with both spray paint and eggs.

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