Southeast Calgary vandalism investigated as a hate-motivated crime

Calgary police are hoping the public come forward with information on a crime they believe is hate motivated. COURTESY CPS

Calgary police are investigating an act of vandalism on a car in a southeast community as a hate-motivated crime.

Police are now asking anyone with information to come forward so they can find the people responsible.

Investigators were called in after graffiti was discovered on a 2004 Silver Honda Accord in the community of Douglas Glen sometime between 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22, and 7 a.m. Jan. 23.

According to police, the windshield had been broken and the words “PAKI” and “FOB” were spray painted on the vehicle in Douglas Glen Crescent SE.

Calgary police believe it was a targeted attack based on the ethnicity of the owner.

Any CCTV footage that may be related to the incident, or any witnesses that may have seen anything suspicious in the area overnight, are asked to contact police at 403-266-1234.

The Calgary Police Service said that hate motivation is considered after a person is found guilty of a crime. If the judge determines that a crime was hate-motivated, it is considered an “aggravating factor” that could add to a person’s sentence, CPS said.

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