Swastikas found on signs in northern Ridgefield

Swastikas have again been found in Ridgefield — this time graffitied on street signs and a mailbox in the northern part of town.

Ridgefield Police Capt. Jeff Kreitz said that the department uncovered the spray painted symbols on Ledges Road and Aspen Mill Road around 7:40 a.m. Aug. 28.

“Officers discovered that five street signs and a mailbox had been damaged with spray paint,” Kretiz said. “The graffiti included swastikas as well as other crude drawings.”

He told The Press that a total of three swastikas were discovered, and that investigators believe the symbols were drawn during the overnight hours between Aug. 27 and Aug. 28.

The incidents are under investigation, Kreitz said, and anyone with information is asked to contact the Ridgefield Police Department at 203-438-6531 or the anonymous tip line at 203-431-2345.

‘Symbols of hatred’

Rabbi David Reiner of Congregation Shir Shalom said he would be in touch with the Anti-Defamation League and the Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County about the incident.

“Ignoring or dismissing symbols of bigotry, hatred, and antisemitism, as the work of idle teens or troubled individuals bolsters ignorance and sends the message that these symbols are acceptable,” he said  in an email to his congregation.

“Symbols of hatred continue to stain the Town of Ridgefield and I am hopeful that increased vigilance by everyone in our community will lead to the apprehension and prosecution of the individual(s) responsible for this and every defacement.”

Other incidents

The markings are the latest in a long line of incidents of racist and anti-semitic graffiti.

In late June, three other swastikas were found etched into a wooden picnic table near the Ballard Green senior living facility. A resident of the village found the markings and reported them to police, The Press reported at the time.

The carved swastikas were consistent with three other swastikas found etched on the wooden fence nearby at Ballard Park on May 23, police told The Press.

Swastikas and other racist and anti-semitic graffiti have been found around town in various other locations for the past two years, including the stage at Ballard Park, the entrance and signs at the Aldrich Museum and Masonic Lodge on Main Street, and at the high school.

In January, the Anti-Defamation League said it would offer a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible for swastikas found drawn on the doors and entrance signs of the Aldrich Museum and Masonic Lodge.