Vandalism of a classroom at Poet-Christian School with anti-Semitic graffiti is being investigated as a hate crime by the Tracy Police Department.

Officers were called to the school the evening of June 12 for a burglary report. The campus at 1701 S. Central Ave. had been closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and school security guards found that someone had broken into two portable classrooms.

They told the police the rooms had been ransacked and marked with derogatory, anti-Semitic words and symbols.

The police department notified the FBI and released the following statement Tuesday:

“The Tracy Police Department will never tolerate any act of hatred or bias-motivated crimes. Our investigators are working diligently to identify and hold those responsible accountable.”

Tracy Unified School District is working with Tracy Crime Stoppers to offer a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest for this hate crime.

Detective Gustavo Cisneros can be reached at gustavo.cisneros@tracypd.com or 831-6615.

Tips can also be submitted to Tracy Crime Stoppers at 831-4847, at www.tracycrimestoppers.com or through the P3 Tips app.

Contact the Tracy Press at tpnews@tracypress.com or 835-3030.

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