Prince William police are investigating the county's third incident of vandalism involving the swastika symbol since March.
This time, it was spray-painted on a pool deck in Gainesville, according to police.
On Thursday, June 20, at 11:07 a.m., officers responded to the Piedmont Homeowners’ Association pool house at 14030 Clatterbuck Loop in Gainesville to investigate a report of vandalism. They arrived to find a swastika painted on the pool deck, according to Officer Renee Carr, spokeswoman for the Prince William County police.
The pool manager told police the concrete surface near the pool was vandalized sometime between 9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19, and 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 20, Carr said in a news release.
No suspicious persons or vehicles were reported in the area during the timeframe. The drawing did not appear to target anyone specific in the neighborhood. The investigation continues, Carr said.
Earlier incidents of vandalism involving swastika symbols included a swastika found etched into the side of a van parked in the 15700 block of Crocus Lane in Dumfries. That incident occurred sometime between 5 p.m. April 1 and 8:45 a.m. April 2, the report said.
On March 12, police received a report of swastikas drawn with chalk onto a basketball court at Anne Moncure Park in Montclair.
The drawings were removed without causing permanent damage. It’s not known if any of the incidents are related, the report said.