The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is attempting to identify the suspect responsible for vandalizing two Jewish temples overnight in Sarasota.
On Wednesday morning between 2:00 and 3:00 a.m., the suspect is seen in surveillance footage first walking onto the grounds of Temple Emanu-El at 151 McIntosh Road. A short time later the same suspect approached Temple Sinai at 4631 South Lockwood Ridge Road. At both locations he spray-painted multiple swastikas and other graffiti causing thousands of dollars in damage. The suspect is described as a white male in his 20’s or 30’s, approximately 5’10” to 6’2” tall, with dark hair and a thin build. During both incidents overnight, he was wearing a blue baseball cap, dark long-sleeved shirt, blue jeans, and gray athletic shoes. His face was also covered with a red bandana. A similar incident occurred on April 2 at Temple Emanu-El.
Anyone with information related to these incidents or suspects involved is asked to contact our Criminal Investigations Section at 941.861.4900 or 941.861.4928.
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