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Montgomery Co. speedcam vandalized with swastika

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (WJLA) - Vandals have left a vile and crude calling card on three speed cameras in Montgomery County.  The damaged cameras are along Quince Orchard Road between Route 28 and Great Seneca Highway. Each had its lens blackened by spray paint.

Montgomery County police believe the vandalism happened before 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. The spray-paint bandit or bandits did not stop with lenses. Swastikas were scrawled on a warning sign and at least one camera. Police are investigating.

Speed camera vandalism is on the rise. In August, vandals attacked a camera in Takoma Park. And three weeks ago a camera was found vandalized in southeast D.C.

On main street, in the Kentlands, Susan Feidelman says it's especially not welcomed in an area with a significant Jewish population.

"It goes beyond the normal frustration over speed cameras,” she says of the vandalism.

She says it's scary that people out there are ignorant enough not to know the meaning of the sign.

"Putting the swastikas on it is horrifying and it's bringing it way too close to home,” she says. "It's always scary to me that in an area that we feel very safe, very protected, that there are hate crimes."

It's the second time this week speed cameras have been targeted. A camera on River Road in Potomac was also vandalized. At this point, police don't think both incidents are linked.

Drew Katz is not a big fan of speed cameras, but at the same time, he doesn't agree with the way people are choosing to protest their existence.

"I didn't think people cared that much to go out of their way to spray paint a swastika,” he says.

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