Wayland police probe anti-Semitic vandalism on Rice Road

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WAYLAND — Acting Chief Ed Burman announced Tuesday that the Wayland Police Department is conducting an investigation into anti-Semitic vandalism discovered earlier that day on Rice Road.

Officers responded to the scene at approximately 8:50 a.m. after receiving reports of the offensive graffiti.

They found large swastikas painted in two locations on the roadway.

The Wayland Department of Public Works was promptly notified and arrived to cover the hateful symbols.

The investigation is being pursued vigorously by Wayland Police detectives in collaboration with the Massachusetts State Police Fusion Center, and authorities are seeking assistance from the public.

Residents who have any information or may have observed suspicious behavior near Rice Road are encouraged to contact the Wayland Police Department at 508-358-4721 or to leave an anonymous tip at 508-358-1726.

Acting Chief Burman condemned the vandalism, stating, “There is no place for this kind of hatred and bigotry in our community.

Every resident deserves to live their life free of harassment and hatred, and we will do everything in our power to support our community.”

To assist with the investigation and provide support to the community and police department, Burman has reached out to the Anti-Defamation League New England.

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