CHANDLER, Arizona — Police in Arizona have busted four teens for a chilling act of vandalism in which a family’s front-lawn Hanukkah menorah was reconfigured into a swastika.
The Chandler police department says the episode occurred Dec. 30, when someone went into the family’s yard and taken their eight-foot high menorah, which had been fashioned out of PVC piping, and turned it into a symbol of hate.
On Friday, cops say they busted 19-year-old Clive Jamar Wilson, and three juvenile males, whose names were not made public, on charges of criminal trespass and aggravated criminal damage. All four were released pending the submission of charges to the Maricopa County Attorney’s office, police said.
At the time of the incident, the FBI said it was investigating to see if vandalism constituted a hate crime. Police say the investigation is ongoing.
“It just makes me sad and it makes me feel sick that’s still how people look at the world in 2016,” Seth Ellis, who built the menorah for his children said at the time.