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Washington Gurdwara Vandalised


M.S.N.B.C. News, Spokane Valley, WA, Apr. 22, 2003

"Sheriff's detectives are investigating the weekend burglary of the Spokane Valley Sikh Temple, and the F.B.I. may assist in the investigation as well. Early Saturday the pastor of the temple at 1420 N. Barker Road discovered the burglary. He estimated the break-in occurred sometime between 10 p.m. Friday and 5 a.m. Saturday. The suspects broke out a window to gain entry. Inside, the suspects stole money from a tithing table located in the large prayer room. They also spray-painted ethnic slurs onto the walls and hanging portraits of religious leaders. Some of the symbols used were nazi-based. The burglars also stole a 6-inch sword engraved with Arabic words. The pastor was unable to provide deputies with any suspect names, but did say that a similar break-in occurred about a month ago. Deputies collected portraits that had been pulled from the walls and likely handled by the suspects for fingerprint examination."
"Anyone with information regarding this burglary is asked to call Crime Check at 456-2233."