The Lake Bluff Police Department is investigating racist and anti-semitic graffiti that was spray painted in four different places on Sunday, authorities said.
The Lake Bluff Police Department was called for a report of anti-semitic and anti-African American graffiti early Sunday morning. Authorities said that the graffiti was spray painted at four different locations including two roadways, a driveway and a tree. The Lake Bluff Public Works Department has since removed the graffiti.
“It does not appear that the graffiti targeted any single person. But, we should all view this as an assault on our values as a community,” said Lake Bluff Police Chief David Belmonte.
“This hateful act has no place in this town and will not be tolerated. The police department will investigate the matter thoroughly,” Chief Belmonte continued.
Lake Bluff officials are stressing that anti-Semitism and racism have no place in the village.
During an October 23 meeting of the Lake Bluff Board of Trustees, Lake Bluff Village President Kathleen O’Hara said, “The Village Board is very concerned about what happened on Sunday. While the graffiti appears to be a random act, it is still nothing other than repugnant. This crime is completely inconsistent with who we are as a community and the direction we are heading. There’s no place for it. Period.”
Anyone with information should call the Lake Bluff Police Department Investigations Division at 847-234-8760 extension 5.