Police Release Video of South Beach Vandalism Suspect

Police say skateboard-riding suspect spray-painted hate messages on buildings, buses.

Thursday, Dec 5, 2013  |  Updated 6:58 PM EDT
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New surveillance video released by Miami Beach Police shows a skateboard-riding suspect who vandalized several buildings with spray-painted hate messages. NBC 6's Myriam Masihy reports.

New surveillance video released by Miami Beach Police shows a skateboard-riding suspect who vandalized several buildings with spray-painted hate messages. NBC 6's Myriam Masihy reports.

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Police Release Surveillance Video of Miami Beach Vandalism Suspect

New surveillance video released by Miami Beach Police shows a skateboard-riding suspect who vandalized several buildings with spray-painted hate messages.

Religious Center and Other Buildings Vandalized in South Beach

Several buildings in Miami Beach, including a Jewish women's prayer center and a homeless outreach center, were found vandalized with hate messages spray-painted with red, police said Tuesday. NBC 6's Hank Tester reports.
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New surveillance video released by Miami Beach Police shows a skateboard-riding suspect who vandalized several buildings with spray-painted hate messages.

The 10-minute video, released Thursday, shows the suspect ride up to the homeless outreach center at 555 17th Street on a skateboard Monday night.

The suspect spends a few minutes sitting on some front steps as cars and pedestrians pass by. Once the coast is clear, the suspect walks up to the entrance and starts tagging.

Police said four buildings and three youth center buses were found with the letters KKK, bulls eyes and an anarchist symbol. The messages were found at a Jewish women's prayer center at 2530 Pinetree Drive, the Scott Rakow Youth Center at 2700 Sheridan Avenue  and a condo building at 2851 Sheridan Avenue.

"That's upsetting. That brings back a lot of bad memories. It's a message of hate. There's a lot of symbolic things going on here that maybe he's not awre of but he's about to find out once we locate and arrest him," said Bobby Hernandez, Miami Beach Police spokesman.

City workers quickly removed and painted over most of the markings.

Police are still looking for the suspects and are asking anyone with information to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

In 2012, 88 anti-Semitic incidents were reported in Florida, including three in Miami Beach and 16 in Dade County.

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