Ridgefield police: Swastikas found on doors of Masonic Lodge, Aldrich Museum

Anti-Semitism continues to rear its ugly head throughout Ridgefield.

Ridgefield police Capt. Jeff Kreitz confirmed to The Press that five swastikas — two at the Masonic Lodge next to town hall on Main Street and three at the Aldrich Museum — were uncovered earlier this week.

Two of the drawings were found on doorways, and three others were uncovered on entry and exit signs at the Masonic Lodge and the Aldrich.

Kreitz said police believe all were drawn by the same perpetrator, as a green marker was used in both locations. He added that the anti-Semitic symbols ranged in size from approximately 4 by 4 inches to 8 by 8 inches.

According to a report, a passerby reported seeing a swastika drawn on the door of the Aldrich museum on the morning of Sunday, Jan. 7. Two swastikas were also found on the sign in the museum’s exit and entrance, Kreitz said. Those swastikas were later removed by one of the department’s officers.

Kreitz said they received a second report of a swastika, drawn on the door of the Masonic Lodge, around noon on Tuesday, Jan. 9. Another swastika was also found on the lodge’s sign at the entrance. He said he was unsure who removed the graffiti at the lodge.

Symbols of hate and racist words were found at Ridgefield High School and in Ballard Park several times in 2017, and twice in 2016, which caused town leadership to host a tolerance workshop with members of the Anti-Defamation League in December.

Kreitz asked that residents with any information call Officer Anthony McMahon at 203-438-6531.