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Tuesday, September 30, 2003

Beverly Hills homes and stores defaced in graffiti attack coinciding with Rosh haShanah

Associated Press
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - About 15 homes and stores were vandalized over the weekend with graffiti attacking various religious, political and minority groups, police said Monday.

The graffiti was found early Sunday on upscale homes, two clothing retailers and a Pottery Barn store, which included statements hostile to President Bush and Jews, police Lt. Mitch McCann said.

No synagogues, mosques or other religious institutions were damaged and the vandalism lacked any specific patterns, McCann said. Police were investigating the incidents and no arrests had been made, he said.

The attacks, which targeted sites between Sunset and Santa Monica boulevards, coincided with the Jewish new year, Rosh Hashanah.