Police are seeking the sick vandals who painted a half-dozen swastikas found this morning in a Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn.
The swastikas were found at a synagogue, a Jewish bath house and several businesses around 16th Avenue in Borough Park.
Cops are investigating the vandalism as a hate crime, and are reviewing surveillance video from the area. No arrests have been made.
Surveillance video from Fischman's Food Center at 4421 16th Ave., one of the vandalized businesses, shows two men in hoodies walking up to the store at about 2:45 a.m.
One of the men spray-painted the store's front roll down gate, and then drew a swastika on the front plastic window panel.
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Moche Jackalowrtz, 16, looks in disbelief at a spray-painted swastika.
The other man walked out of the camera's view.
"Because they've got extra paint in their cans, they have to go out and spray other people's property?" said Scheindel Fischman, who owns the business with her husband.
"It's ridiculous. I've never heard of something like that," she said.
"It's a terrible shame that someone would do something like that," said neighborhood resident Moshe Zwolinski, 53. "These are people who don't really understand our culture and how we live."
"What kind of sick person does this in a neighborhood of Holocaust survivors?" asked Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn), one of an array of elected officials who expressed outrage over the incident.
The vandalized locations include Irgun Shiurai Torah, a synagogue on 16th Avenue at 46th Street, and Mikvah Israel, a bath house at 18th Avenue and 47th Street. A swastika was also sprayed on a car an area resident had parked near IS 223 at 16th Avenue and 42nd Street.
One woman feared the sick hate scrawl was just the beginning.
"It's very scary, they have the guts to come and do that," Moseh Liebermann, 70, said. "They start with the synagogue and then they will go to everybody's house."
No arrests have been made and the NYPD is reviewing security tapes from nearby businesses.
Anyone with information about this crime should call the NYPD confidential tip line at 1-800-577-TIPS.