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Police Investigating New Antisemitic Graffiti in Montauk

Sat, 11/11/2023 - 07:49
Bounce Beach in Montauk was tagged with antisemitic graffiti, apparently in the overnight hours from Friday to Saturday.
Matt Galcick

Update, 1:24 p.m., Nov. 11: In a press release issued shortly after 11 a.m., the East Hampton Town Police Department said that its detective division as well as the Suffolk County Police Department's Hate Crimes Unit and the County District Attorney's office were investigating the incident, and that it had been discovered early Saturday morning by town police patrol units.

"Detectives ask anyone in the area with security cameras to check for suspicious activity during the overnight hours of November 10th, and early morning hours of November 11th." Anyone with information can contact East Hampton Town police at 631-537-7575.

Original, 7:49 a.m., Nov. 11: East Hampton Town police are canvassing downtown Montauk after new antisemitic graffiti was discovered Saturday morning on the side of Bounce Beach Montauk on South Emerson Street. 

The nightclub, which is closed for the season, "appears to have been tagged during the overnight hours," East Hampton Town Police Chief Michael Sarlo said in an email Saturday morning. "Patrols are actively canvassing for any other acts of vandalism. At this time nothing else has been discovered."

At 7:30 a.m., the detective division was still processing the scene, the chief said. 

A previous investigation, of a spate of antisemitic graffiti discovered in Montauk on the morning of Oct. 30 is ongoing, the chief said. Police have asked anyone with information about that incident to contact detectives at 631-537-7575.

"This second act is obviously very disturbing. We fully grasp the impact on our community," Chief Sarlo wrote.

This is a developing story that will be updated as more information becomes available. 


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