Neighbors ‘feel targeted’ after swastika tagged on car near Boca

BOCA RATON — Some neighbors in a largely Jewish residential area west of Boca Raton feel targeted and unsafe after a swastika was tagged on the side of a car overnight Saturday.

A swastika was spray-painted onto a car parked for months in a neighborhood on San Salvador Drive, in a neighborhood north of Palmetto Park Road and just east of Florida’s Turnpike, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

The act of vandalism left Rachel, who lives near the parked car and asked that her last name not be published, worried about the safety of the neighborhood.

‘This is a big scare for us,” said Rachel, who has five children. “This is a nice, friendly neighborhood where the kids always play outside. We feel targeted, like this is a little bit of a threat.”

Deputies learned Sunday that a black Ford Mustang parked on San Salvador Drive was vandalized. Investigators believe the Ford was spray-painted sometime between 7 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday.

Several neighbors gathered Sunday to cover the spray-painted symbol with a black trash bag and discuss the incident.

Eli, another neighbor who lives in the cul-de-sac where the vandalism took place and also asked that his last name not be published, echoed the concerns of many.

“If someone is walking around with this hate in their heart, this could happen again,” he said. “We’re just thankful nobody got hurt.”

The swastika was painted on the the driver side door of the Ford, which has been parked on the east side of street for months, the sheriff’s office reports.

Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS.